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City, University of London
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Dr. Leister is a midwife with Master and PhD in Sciences. She currently works as a Research Fellow at City, University of London. She conducts researches on maternity services configuration, functioning, care provided and outcomes, on women social and cultural decision-making related to maternity care and on the provision, improvement and strengthening of Midwifery Units, especially in low and middle income countries.


  1. PhD, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jun 2011 – Jun 2015
  2. MSc, University of São Paulo, Brazil, Jul 2009 – Jun 2011


  1. Research Fellow, City, University of London, Jun 2020 – present
  2. Research Coordinator, Associação comunitária Monte Azul, Feb 2019 – Mar 2020
  3. Newton International Fellow, British Academy, Mar 2018 – Feb 2020
  4. Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of São Paulo, Sep 2016 – Dec 2017
  5. Executive Secretary, Brazilian Midwifery Association, Jan 2012 – present


Portuguese (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and Spanish - Latin American (can read, write and understand spoken).


Journal articles (8)

  1. Yuill, C., McCourt, C., Cheyne, H. and Leister, N. (2020). Women's experiences of decision-making and informed choice about pregnancy and birth care: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative research. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20(1). doi:10.1186/s12884-020-03023-6.
  2. Lopes, G.A., Leister, N. and Riesco, M.L.G. (2019). PERINEAL CARE AND OUTCOMES IN A BIRTH CENTER. Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem, 28. doi:10.1590/1980-265x-tce-2018-0168.
  3. Santos, F., Leister, N., Travisan, K.F., Cruz, C. and Riesco, M.L.G. (2018). Adhesión de las mujeres embarazadas a los ejercicios para fortalecer el suelo pélvico. Evidentia, 15(e10427).
  4. Zizzi, P.T., Trevisan, K.F., Leister, N., Cruz, C.D.S. and Riesco, M.L.G. (2017). Women’s pelvic floor muscle strength and urinary and anal incontinence after childbirth: a cross-sectional study. Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP, 51(0). doi:10.1590/s1980-220x2016209903214.
  5. Riesco, M.L.G., Fernandes-Trevisan, K., Leister, N., Cruz, C.D.S., Caroci, A.D.S. and Zanetti, M.R.D. (2014). Urinary incontinence related to perineal muscle strength in the first trimester of pregnancy: cross-sectional study. Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP, 48(spe), pp. 32–38. doi:10.1590/s0080-623420140000600005.
  6. Leister, N. and Riesco, M.L.G. (2013). Childbirth care: the oral history of women who gave birth from the 1940s to 1980s. Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem, 22(1), pp. 166–174. doi:10.1590/s0104-07072013000100020.
  7. Riesco, M.L.G., Tsunechiro, M.A. and Leister, N. (2011). Escola de obstetrícia da Universidade de São Paulo: a história contada no livro de atas (1912-1970). Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem, 20(spe), pp. 164–171. doi:10.1590/s0104-07072011000500021.
  8. Riesco, M.L.G., Tsunechiro, M.A., Mott, M.L. and Leister, N. (2011). From pride to resignation: education and practice of midwives graduated at the Universidade de São Paulo. Cadernos de História da Ciência - Instituto Butantan, VII(2), pp. 9–24.