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Visit Laura Batinelli

M104, Myddelton Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



I qualified as a midwife in November 2013 at the University of Siena Italy with a grade 110/110 and distinction. In 2015 I completed a Midwifery Master at the University of Florence (Italy) as I have always been keen to pursue a clinical academic career. My passion for midwifery and research led me to move to London in order to appease my curiosity, my hunger of knowledge and the willingness to self-improvement.

From July 2015 to December 2016 I have been working as a full time registered midwife at St George’s Hospital while collaborating with some external research projects. This has enabled me to continue to develop my research skills while also developing my clinical practice experience.

In January 2017 I have become a clinical academic midwife working part time at the birth centre of St George’s Hospital and as a research midwife at the Centre for Maternal and Child Health at the School of Health Sciences, City University of London within the NIHR NICE Birthplace Action Study led by Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho. I am mainly engaged in the process evaluation of the staff development and service improvement components of the project, responsible for undertaking qualitative and quantitative research activities.

As part of the wider NIHR study my research team is also working on the update of the Midwifery Unit Standards document. The plan to produce an updated Midwifery Unit Standards document based on evidence from the latest literature through a meta-synthesis and with experts’ knowledge from a Delphi Study which will be conducted in parallel with each other. The Standards will be an authoritative but practical guide and toolkit to enable maternity systems across Europe to develop these services, to scale them up and to evaluate their performance.

During the last years I have been invited to present at different conferences in Grosseto, Genoa and Florence (Italy) to present the Birth Centre and Midwifery-led setting model. I have also been guest lecture at the University of Siena (Italy) and at the Optimum Birth Module APM020 at City University in 2016 and 2017.

Since 2016 I have been helping the co-founders of the Midwifery Unit Network Lucia Rocca, Felipe Castro Cardona, Sheena Byrom and Mary Newburn in several events such as the official launch of the MUNet in London, the launch of the Italian branch and the first European meeting. I am still collaborating with the Midwifery Unit Network as a researcher in many initiatives across Europe. So far MUNet in partnership with City University of London has facilitated three multidisciplinary workshops in Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Italy as part of a strategy to support the implementation of midwifery-led care. My role in the project was to conduct the evaluation of the training package for midwives, doulas, obstetricians and neonatologist using non-participant observation and focus groups.


  1. Midwifery Master, University of Florence, Italy, Jan 2014 – Mar 2015
  2. BSc Midwifery, University of Siena, Siena, Italy, Sep 2010 – Nov 2013


  1. Research Midwife, City, University of London, Jan 2017 – present


English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Italian (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).


Journal articles (2)

  1. Walker, S., Batinelli, L., Rocca-Ihenacho, L. and McCourt, C. (2018). ‘Keeping birth normal’: Exploratory evaluation of a training package for midwives in an inner-city, alongside midwifery unit. Midwifery, 60, pp. 1–8. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2018.01.011.
  2. Batinelli, L., Serafini, A., Nante, N., Petraglia, F., Severi, F.M. and Messina, G. (2018). Induction of labour: clinical predictive factors for success and failure. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 38(3), pp. 352–358. doi:10.1080/01443615.2017.1361388.