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Marie-Clare Balaam

Senior Research Assistant
School of Community Health and Midwifery

Marie-Clare is a researcher in the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (REACH). She previously worked as a lecturer in History and Women’s Studies and as a researcher in various academic and community locations exploring a range of historical and social cultural issues. Her current work focuses on maternity care and social support for marginalised women with a particular focus on migrant women’s experiences of maternity care and childbirth in the UK and Europe.

Marie-Clare is involved in a range of national and international research projects related to maternity care and the wellbeing of women in the perinatal period. Her publications and research primarily relate to maternity care for marginalised women, social support and the perinatal wellbeing of migrant women and their access to maternity care.

Marie-Clare has taught American studies, women’s studies, women’s history and oral history in a range of FE, HE and community locations across the UK. Her work in community oral history involved supporting the community development of the BEME project in Wolverhampton as well as supporting oral history work in local museums and other community research projects. She has been the grant manager and an active researcher in two EU funded COST Actions: COST Action IS1405 and COST Action IS0907 which took an international focus on maternity care. She has been involved in the development of the international online survey of women’s birth experiences the Babies Born Better survey and is a member of the Steering Committee and UK national representative for the study. Marie-Clare has previously undertaken research on cross dressing, visual representations of HIV/AIDS and social and historical aspects of Menopause. Her current research focuses on maternity care for migrant women in the UK and Europe.