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Dr Sally Pezaro is an academic midwife with clinical as well as learning and teaching experience.

Whilst her areas of interest broadly encompass midwifery and maternity services research, the 'Golden Thread' through Sally's work is the application of maternity workforce perspectives.

Sally's current research is focused on improving maternity care for childbearing women with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) and the related Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). Additionally, Sally's work looks to improve workplace wellbeing for maternity staff through the development of compassionate workplaces.

One of Sally's more recent publications include the Royal College of Midwives report and recommendations on workplace support for midwives experiencing domestic abuse. Some of her research work has also contributed to the development of NHS England's support guide towards commissioning for workplace compassion.

As well as teaching, mentoring and supervising students in evidence-based practice and research methodologies, Sally is also associate editor for the British Journal of Midwifery, the International Journal of Childbirth and the CPQ Women and Child Health journal. She sources talent at every level to ensure that all projects are delivered with impact. Sally is also proud to stand as a committee member of the Parliamentary Working Group for Birth Trauma and the Mary Seacole Awards programme. This programme is funded by Health Education England and delivered in association with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite with support from NHS Employers.


Twitter: @SallyPezaro 


Research Interests

  • Interventions designed to support midwives in work-related psychological distress
  • The use of online technologies and social media in health care
  • Workplace wellbeing
  • The development of compassionate workplaces
  • Exploring professionalism and fitness to practice
  • Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders in the context of childbearing
  • Achieving excellence in maternity services

Vision Statement

The quality and safety of maternity care is intrinsically linked to the wellbeing of maternity staff. As such, it is my vision that every health care professional enjoys a psychologically safe professional journey to deliver excellence in maternity services.

There are many voices which are yet to be heard in pursuit of maternity service improvement. My aim is to give those who are as yet under represented, a voice through research.

Research has the potential to instigate change on an international scale. As such, my objective will always be to create pathways to impact, and ensure that research makes a real difference in the real world.

Education/Academic qualification

Global Leadership, Postgraduate Diploma

Midwifery, Doctorate

Leadership for Health and Social Care, MSc

Midwifery - Registered Midwife - Direct Entry

Media and communications, Degree

External positions

External examiner of PhD, Edith Cowan University

Nov 2019 → …

Associate editor, The British Journal of Midwifery

1 Jun 2019 → …

Member, Parliamentary Working Group for Birth Trauma

10 May 2019 → …

External Subject Specialist: Quality Review for Midwifery, Swansea University

22 Feb 2019 → …

Steering group committee member, Mary Seacole Awards Programme

30 Oct 2018 → …

External academic panel member - Teaching Quality and Standards Committee for the Course approval of: MSc Advanced Practice pathways, PG/CPD , University of Bedfordshire

8 Jun 2017 → …

Associate Editor, The International Journal of Childbirth

2017 → …


  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • Midwifery
  • Midwife
  • Qualitative research
  • resilience
  • Wellbeing
  • Quantitative research
  • stress management
  • PPI
  • Patient and Public Involvement
  • Co-Design
  • Occupational Psychology
  • RT Nursing
  • Psychological distress
  • Mental health

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Research Output 2015 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)
65 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
267 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Delivery of Health Care
Open Access
Quality of Health Care
Delphi Technique

Academic midwifery: A different pathway to impact

Pezaro, S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Practising Midwife. 22, 7, p. 16-20 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Evidence-Based Practice

Midwives in 2020: Time to flourish and change perceptions

Pezaro, S., 2 Dec 2019, In : British Journal of Midwifery. 27, 12, p. 746-747 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey


Activities 2016 2020

International Journal of childbirth (Journal)

Sally Pezaro (Associate Editor)
1 Feb 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

CPQ Women and Child Health (Journal)

Sally Pezaro (Associate Editor)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Leading and inspiring excellence in maternity care

Sally Pezaro (Speaker)
5 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Mary Seacole Awards Programme (External organisation)

Sally Pezaro (Member)
1 Oct 2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


Midwife of the Year Award

Sally Pezaro (Recipient), 13 Feb 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

honors and awards

Highly Commended Status

Gemma Pearce (Recipient), Sally Pezaro (Recipient) & Emma Reinhold (Recipient), 21 Nov 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Press / Media

Fragile Links Magazine

Sally Pezaro & Gemma Pearce


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research