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Visit Octavia Wiseman

Myddelton Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Octavia is a Research Fellow on the NIHR-funded REACH Pregnancy 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.


  1. Masters in Clinical Research, King's College London, United Kingdom, Sep 2013 – Sep 2015
  2. BSc in Midwifery with registration as a Midwife, King's College London, United Kingdom, Oct 2008 – Sep 2011
  3. BA, University of York, United Kingdom, Oct 1983 – Jul 1986


  1. Research Fellow, City, University of London, Jul 2018 – present
  2. KCH/LEAP specialist midwife (secondment 0.2 FTE), Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP), Apr 2017 – Apr 2019
  3. Research Assistant (secondment 0.5 FTE), University of East London, Oct 2016 – Dec 2017
  4. Research Assistant, City, University of London, Sep 2015 – Jun 2018
  5. Community Midwife, King'sCollege Hospital, Oct 2011 – present


  1. Royal Society of Medicine (2018) John Horder Award for a multi-disciplinary team
    The Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) multi-disciplinary Health Team was set up in April 2017 to address issues around communication and referral between the primary care team looking after women in Lambeth 'from conception to reception'. The team is comprised of a midwife from King's College Hospital (Octavia Wiseman), a midwife from St. Thomas' Hospital, a local GP and a local Health Visitor, all front-line practitioners seconded one day a week.


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


REACH Programme: Evaluation of Group Antenatal care


Journal articles (12)

  1. Wiggins, M., Sawtell, M., Wiseman, O., McCourt, C., Eldridge, S., Hunter, R. … Harden, A. (2020). Group antenatal care (Pregnancy Circles) for diverse and disadvantaged women: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial with integral process and economic evaluations. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1). doi:10.1186/s12913-020-05751-z.
  2. Wiseman, O. and Holland, S. (2019). Is caseloading sustainable?: 25-year history of caseloading at king’s college hospital. Practising Midwife, 22(8), pp. 20–25.
  3. Hunter, L.J., Da Motta, G., McCourt, C., Wiseman, O., Rayment, J.L., Haora, P. … Harden, A. (2019). Better together: A qualitative exploration of women's perceptions and experiences of group antenatal care. Women and Birth, 32(4), pp. 336–345. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2018.09.001.
  4. Wiseman, O., Rafferty, A.M., Stockley, J., Murrells, T. and Bick, D. (2019). Infection and wound breakdown in spontaneous second-degree perineal tears: An exploratory mixed methods study. Birth, 46(1), pp. 80–89. doi:10.1111/birt.12389.
  5. 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.
  6. Holland, S. and Wiseman, O. (2018). Is caseloading sustainable?: Lessons from the front line at King’s college hospital. Practising Midwife, 21(9), pp. 20–25.
  7. Wiseman, O. and Holland, S. (2018). Is caseloading sustainable?: 25-year history of caseloading at King’s College Hospital. Practising Midwife, 21(8), pp. 20–25.
  8. 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.
  9. Wiseman, O., Hunter, L., Leap, N., Robinson, H. and Mackeith, N. (2017). Advancing practice facilitating group antenatal care: A new way of working. Practising Midwife, 20(9), pp. 18–20.
  10. Wiseman, O. (2013). Selfless angel or selfish cow? How we judge women's choices around motherhood. Essentially MIDIRS, 4(7), pp. 32–37.
  11. Wiseman, O. (2012). Neuroscience or neurobabble? How science informs parenting policy. Essentially MIDIRS, 3(7), pp. 17–22.
  12. 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