Mercedes Perez-Botella

Mercedes Perez-Botella

Midwifery Lecturer

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB222

+44 (0) 1772 89 3778

Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

Mercedes is a Midwifery Lecturer as well as a research collaborator of the ReaCH unit (Reasearch in Childbirth and Health), led by Professor Soo Downe. She has extensive clinical and has held a lecturing post since 2012. Mercedes is research active in ReaCH – Research in Childbirth and Health, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Nursing and a blogger for "Evidently Cochrane".



Mercedes is a Registered Midwife with a Masters Degree in Women’s health. She has been a Midwifery Lecturer and a member of the ReaCH unit (Research in Childbirth and Health - UCLan) since 2012. She has a special interest in enhancing the learning experience of students as well as contributing to the advancement of midwifery care through research. In particular, she is keen to develop further understanding around what constitutes positive experiences during childbirth for both women and carers. She regularly collaborates in research projects with Spanish colleagues.


Escuriet, R., Pueyo, M., Perez-Botella, M., et al. (2015). Cross sectional study comparing public and private hospitals in Catalonia: Is the practice of routine episiotomy changing? BMC Health Services Research. 15(95). DOI: 10.1186/s12913-015-0753-z

Byrom, A., Heneghan, S & Perez-Botella, M. (2015). With woman, with student: developing a woman and family-centred midwifery recruitment strategy and curriculum for caring. In: Byrom, S. & Downe, S. (Eds) The Roar Behind the Silence. London: Pinder and Martin

Perez-Botella, M., Downe, S., Meier-Magistrati, C., Lindstrom, B. & Berg, M. (2014). The use of salutogenesis theory in empirical studies of maternity care for healthy mothers and babies. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 6 (1) DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2014.09.001

Perez-Botella, M. & Downe, S. (2006). Stories as evidence: Why do midwives still use directed pushing? British Journal of Midwifery 14 (10); 596-599


The use of Salutogenesis within the maternity episode

Research study on the early pushing urge (project)


Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery students and module leader of undergraduate module.