Juliet Wood

Dr Juliet Wood

  • Principal Academic in Midwifery
  • portsmouth
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I have had a long and varied career in hospital, community and independent clinical midwifery in the UK and in South Africa. This has invariably been combined with both formal and informal teaching in clinical and academic settings. Along the way, I was a Principal Investigator on an influential large-scale RCT of the third stage of labour and, following on from this I completed my PhD looking at Discourses of blood loss in normal childbirth.

In an age of soaring intervention in labour and birth processes, I am currently leading an international collaboration researching the barriers and enablers to student midwives' learning around supporting physiological labour and birth.

I am Programme Lead for the Undergraduate Midwifery degree at Bournemouth University and I supervise and examine Masters and Doctoral students researching various aspects of maternity care and public health.

I have broad interests in midwifery, particularly maternity care in low-resource settings.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Journal Articles


  • Wood, J. and Rogers, J., 1997. The Third Stage of Labour. In: Alexander, J., Levy, V. and Roth, C., eds. Midwifery Practice: Core Topics 2. London: Macmillan, 113-125.
  • Wood, J. and Rogers, J., 1995. Current Issues in Midwifery. In: Littelwoood, J., ed. Current Issues in Nursing. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 189-218.


  • Arvanitidou, I., Tsofliou, F. and Wood, J., 2024. Exploration of Perceptions and Attitudes of Couples in the Preconception Period in Relation to Healthy Eating and Healthy Body Weight: A Qualitative Study. In: Sobajic, S. and Calder, P., eds. The 14th European Nutrition Conference 2023 14-17 November 2023 Belgrade, Serbia. Proceedings 2023, 91, 148., 91 (1) Proceedings: MDPI.
  • Wood, J. et al., 2023. Midwifery students’ confidence to support physiological birth: an international study. In: International Confederation of Midwives 2023 11-15 June 2023 Bali, Indonesia.
  • Wood, J., 2023. Understanding concepts of normal/physiological labour and birth - evidence from a thematic analysis of the views of student midwives across the globe. In: Juliet Wood 24-26 April 2023 International Labour and Birth Conference.
  • Fry, J., Wood, J., Farley, C., Dole, D., Lazar, J., Healy, M., Baranowska, B., Wegrzynowska, M. and Davison, C., 2022. Exploring student midwives' confidence to support physiologic birth across five countries. In: 21st International Normal labour and Birth Conference 12-14 September 2022 Denmark.
  • Arvanitidou, E.I., Almilaji, O., Wood, J. and Tsofliou, F., 2020. The effectiveness of couples’ lifestyle interventions (Randomised Controlled Trials) on weight change: A systematic review and meta-analysis. In: European and International Congress on Obesity (ecoico2020) 1-4 September 2020 online.
  • Fry, J. and Wood, J., 2020. Are student midwives equipped to support normal birth? In: ICM 21-25 June 2020 Online.
  • Wood, J. and Fry, J., 2019. What helps or hinders student midwives' confidence and ability to support women's normal labour and  birth? In: 14th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference 17-19 June 2019 Grange over Sands, Lake District.
  • Ekong, A., Regmi, P., Wood, J. and Tsofliou, F., 2019. Challenges and facilitators to healthy eating in pregnancy: a systematic review. http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42019120961.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Eirini Iro Arvanitidou, 2024. Informing the development of a nutrition intervention for couples in the preconception period to promote healthy nutrition and healthy body weight, (In progress)
  • Aniebiet Ekong, 2023. Informing the development of a culturally-adapted intervention/tool for healthy eating for pregnant African immigrants living in the UK, (Completed)
  • Sulochana Rai-Dhakal, 2023. Assessing factors associated with rising caesarean section rates in urban Nepal: a hospital-based study, (Completed)


  • Barriers and enablers to developing student midwives' confidence to promote physiological labour and birth (QR Fund Bournemouth University, 27 Apr 2021). Completed
  • GIZ [Gesellschaft für Internatio‘Collaboration to strengthen midwifery education in Nepal through midwifery faculty support & curriculum development’ (GIZ [Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit], 01 Nov 2019). Awarded
  • The Hinchingbrooke Third Stage Trial (Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority, 01 Jun 1992). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, External Examiner (2020-)
  • University of Brighton, External Examiner (2019-)
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Link Tutor (2016-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Assessor, TeachBU Assessment Panel
  • Departmental lead for Global Engagement, Global Engagement
  • Portsmouth campus Site Lead, St Mary's User Group
  • Coordinator for International Placements, BSc Midwifery Undergraduates

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • NIHR Research bids, 01 Dec 2023
  • Journal of Social Science and Allied Health Professions, Anonymous peer review, 15 Apr 2020
  • British Journal of Midwifery, Anonymous peer review, 20 Jan 2020

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Charity Board Member (01 Jan 2018)
  • Provision of counselling service

Consultancy Activities

  • Professional Advisor, Advisor on educational material. The Healthcare Improvements Studies Institute, University of Cambridge


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority in Education (HEA, 2021)
  • PGCE in Higher Education (Bournemouth University, 2017)
  • PG Diploma in Higher Education (University of Cape Town, 2011)
  • PhD in Midwifery (University of the South Bank, 1999)
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery in Midwifery (Royal College of Midwives, 1990)
  • Registered Midwife in Midwifery (United Kingdom Central Council, 1987)
  • BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies (University of London, 1985)
  • Registered General Nurse in General Nursing (United Kingdom Central Council, 1985)


  • Pregnancy Options Centre, Chichester, Board Member (2018-),
  • Higher Education Authority, Fellow (2017-),
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registrant (1985-),
  • Royal College of Midwives, Member,
  • South African Nursing Council, Registrant,