Women’s Health and Midwifery European Research Council COST Action A central theme in my research is women’s health, particularly reproductive health and midwifery. I am a member of the European Research Council network grant COST Action IS1405 – Building Intrapartum Research Through Health. This is an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH). The Action is a cross-European project that focuses on improving maternal and infant health. The proposed Action will advance scientific knowledge in this area from a whole-systems perspective, using the realist research framework of what works, for whom, in what circumstances. Social-Cultural Perspectives Working Group I am leader of the Action’s social-cultural perspectives working group. This group focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of labour and birth. It will pay particular attention to the views, experiences and aspirations of women across Europe. Childbirth Cultures I was also a member of the Cost Action IS0907 (2010-2014) Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care Publications on women’s health and midwifery Frith, L. Church, S. Balaam, M-C. Downe, S (eds) Contemporary debates in maternity care. Pinter & Martin, forthcoming. Frith, L and Draper, H (eds), (2004) Midwifery and Ethics, Second Edition, Elsevier Science, Oxford. Escuriet, R. White, J. Beckman, K. Luyben, A. Frith, L. (2015) Assessing the performance of maternity care in Europe: a critical exploration of tools and indicators. BMC Health Services Research. 15:491 Frith, L. Sinclair, M. Vehvilainen-Julkunen, K. Beeckman, K. Loytved, C. Luyben, A. (2014) Organisational Culture in Midwifery: A Scoping Review. Evidence Based Midwifery. 12(1) 16-22. Full list of publications For a full list of all my publications see the publications page of this website which includes links to full-text PDFs of most of my journal articles. Alternatively see the list on Research Gate. This does not contain links to full-text PDFs.