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Visit Octavia Wiseman

Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Octavia is a Research Fellow on the NIHR-funded REACH programme evaluating group antenatal care ('Pregnancy Circles') with Professor Christine McCourt. She joined City in 2015 and also works part-time as a case-loading midwife at King's College Hospital. Her Masters dissertation was a mixed-methods project looking at women's experiences of morbidity associated with second degree perineal tears sustained during vaginal birth. Her other key interest is the experiences of migrant women seeking maternity care in the UK, in particular non-English speakers and undocumented migrants.

Octavia speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French. She runs drop-in Spanish antenatal education classes at KCH and has taught on this subject at King's College London.

Octavia started her career studying English and Philosophy at the University of York before taking up a career in publishing. She retrained as a midwife in 2011 and completed an NIHR-funded MClinRes at King's College London in 2015.


BA, BSc, MClinRes, RM


Sept 2015-present: Research Fellow, City University London
2011-present: Case-loading midwife at King's College Hospital
2007-2008: Freelance contracts manager
1988-2002: Literary agent


REACH Programme: Evaluation of Group Antenatal care


Journal articles (10)

  1. Wiggins, M., Sawtell, M., Wiseman, O., McCourt, C., Greenberg, L., Hunter, R. … Harden, A. (2018). Testing the effectiveness of REACH Pregnancy Circles group antenatal care: protocol for a randomised controlled pilot trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s40814-018-0361-x.
  2. Hunter, L., Da Motta, G., McCourt, C., Wiseman, O., Rayment, J., Haora, P. … Harden, A. (2018). ’It makes sense and it works’: Maternity care providers’ perspectives on the feasibility of a group antenatal care model (Pregnancy Circles). Midwifery, 66, pp. 56–63. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2018.07.016.
  3. Holland, S. and Wiseman, O. (2018). Is caseloading sustainable? Lessons from the front line at King’s College Hospital. Practising Midwife pp. 20–25.

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  4. Wiseman, O. and Holland, S. (2018). Is caseloading sustainable? The 25-year history of caseloading at King’s College Hospital. The practising midwife, 21(8), pp. 20–25.
  5. Wiseman, O., Rafferty, A.M., Stockley, J., Murrells, T. and Bick, D. (2018). Infection and wound breakdown in spontaneous second-degree perineal tears: An exploratory mixed methods study. Birth. doi:10.1111/birt.12389.
  6. Hunter, L.J., Da Motta, G., McCourt, C., Wiseman, O., Rayment, J.L., Haora, P. … Harden, A. (2018). Better together: A qualitative exploration of women's perceptions and experiences of group antenatal care. Women and Birth. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2018.09.001.
  7. Wiseman, O., Hunter, L., Robinson, H., Mackeith, N. and Leap, N. (2017). Advancing Practice: Facilitating group antenatal care: a new way of working. The practising midwife, 20(9), pp. 18–20.
  8. Wiseman, O. (2013). Selfless angel or selfish cow? How we judge women's choices around motherhood. Essentially MIDIRS, 4(7), pp. 32–37.
  9. Wiseman, O. (2012). Neuroscience or neurobabble? How science informs parenting policy. Essentially MIDIRS, 3(7), pp. 17–22.
  10. Wiseman, O. (2011). Undocumented migrants and maternity care. British Journal of Midwifery, 19(1), pp. 38–42. doi:10.12968/bjom.2011.19.1.38.

Other Activities

Events/conferences (4)

  1. UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference. (Conference) Telford (2017).
    Paper: #KingsBrelfie: Using social media as a tool to celebrate breastfeeding mothers and babies in the UK
    Author: Godfrey-Evans L
    Co-authors: Spencer M, Khukarska W, Joseph J and Wiseman O
    Description: Also chosen as a poster presentation at the MaMa Conference 2018 (Glasgow)
  2. Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference. Manchester (2017).
    Paper: Pregnancy Circles: transforming care through community-based partnerships with women
    Author: Hunter L
    Co-authors: Wiseman O, Mehay A
  3. POSTER: Watson, K., Sandal, J., Wiseman, O. An analysis of reported 'death' and 'severe' obstetric and neonatal incidents from the United Kingdom NPSA National Reporting and Learning Systems (NRLS). Paris (BMJ - award winning) and Glasgow (2012).
    Description: International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare (BMJ, Paris) and British Maternal and Fetal Society Conference (Glasgow)
  4. POSTER: Wiseman, O. Falling through the cracks: do women whose babies stay in the neonatal unit receive adequate midwifery care? Manchester and London (2011).
    Description: Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference (Manchester) and Royal Society of Medicine trainee patient safety poster prize: Safer doctors, safer patients, improving care from the front line (London - shortlisted)

Online article

  1. Open Space. (2014). Poverty: Journal of the Child Poverty Action Group Vol 149 page 6