Prof Caroline Hollins Martin

Professor Caroline Hollins Martin

Professor of Midwifery

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Office Times

Working times Monday - Friday 9-5pm

Desk day Wednesday  9-5pm


I was appointed on the 3rd October 2011 as Professor of Midwifery to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Salford. My background has encompassed an extensive career in midwifery that spans 28 years. The first 11 years were spent as a clinical midwife in Ayrshire Maternity Unit in Irvine (Scotland), and the latter as a midwifery lecturer and /or researcher in a variety of capacities. Prior to my current post, I have been affiliated to the University of West of Scotland, University of York, University of Manchester and more recently Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). As well as nursing and midwifery qualifications, I am a graduate and post graduate in psychology.

University experience

Professor Midwifery (1/10/11 current post) University of Salford

Senior Lecturer Midwifery (Team Manager) (28/9/09 - 31/ 9/11) Glasgow Caledonian University

Senior Lecturer Research Methods (School of Health) (1/3/08 - 27/9/10) GCU

Lecturer Midwifery (1/3/06 - 29/2/08) University of Manchester    

Lecturer Midwifery (1/3/98 - 31/9/04) University of York              

Lecturer Midwifery (26/11/93 - 28/2/98) University of the West of Scotland                                                                                                               

Clinical Experience

Midwifery Sister (1/10/88 - 14/1/92) Ayrshire Maternity Unit        

Staff Midwife (26/2/85 - 30/9/88) Ayrshire Maternity Unit

Staff Nurse (14/4/83 - 28/8/83) Crosshouse Hospital 


Over the years I have made a contribution to teaching across many midwifery and allied health professional student groups. This has involved participating in design, development and delivery of programs to pre-registration, post-registration, undergraduate, masters and doctoral level students, with provision responding to strategic local, national and international needs. My teaching experience includes providing education and course leadership on direct entry courses (BSc Midwifery), conversion degree programs (BSc Midwifery), return to practice / adaptation courses, degree pathways, master and doctorate programs. Degrees in psychology have qualified my contribution to the delivery of psychology modules on many of these programs and those allied within the colleges I have worked. I have also written and taught modules in research methods at all educational levels. This includes having designed and written two on line modules, one to be delivered as a component of cross discipline Inter Professional Learning (IPL) at undergraduate level and the other at masters. In addition, these modules were sold overseas.

Research Interests

I am presently engaged in an extensive number of ventures that relate to midwifery practice. Contemporary areas of interest include:

  • Developing, assessing and evaluating theory-informed instruments and interventions that set about improving childbearing women’s experiences of childbirth. In particular tools that midwives can use to prepare childbearing women and their families for birth and evaluate their experiences. For example, I have developed the Birth Satisfaction Scale (BSS), which is a psychometric scale that can be used to assess women’s global or individual experiences of childbirth. This tool may be used for a variety of purposes. For example, to evaluate alternative styles of delivering intranatal care.
  • Providing resources that equip midwives with skills to support childbearing women, their partners and families who are experiencing bereavement.
  • Measuring the effects of maternal physical activity in the first stage of labour against specified maternal and neonatal outcomes: (a) length of first stage, (b) perinatal condition, (c) pain, and (d) maternal birth satisfaction.

Additional interests include:

  • Providing and supporting safe choice and control for childbearing women.
  • Analysing organisational structures that impede midwives autonomy in relation to supporting childbearing women’s harmless favoured choices.
  • Studying barriers to introducing novel evidence-based interventions into midwifery practice.
  • The role of the father at the birth.

A range of psycho-social issues that relate to childbearing.

Midwifery Research Group (MRG)

I am the founding member of the school’s Midwifery Research Group, which draws together research strengths in understanding and theorising the physical, psychosocial and socio-cultural determinants of maternal, fetal and neonatal health. This includes developing, assessing and evaluating theory-informed measuring tools and interventions that set about improving the childbearing experiences and outcomes for women, partners and their families. Key areas of interest that relate to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work theme Advancing Midwifery Practice, include assessing ante, intra and postnatal outcomes, psychosocial components of maternal health management, advancing quality of fetal and neonatal care and education as part of the midwives role. A core feature of Midwifery Research Group work relates to improving women’s childbearing experiences. A variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches are incorporate to obtaining this end. Methods used are pluralistic and include experimental design, action research, surveys and qualitative research.

Doctorial supervision

If you are interested in applying to the University of Salford to undertake a PhD or Professional Doctorate that relates to midwifery practice, then please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, MPhil, B.Sc., PGCE, ADM, RM, RGN, MBPsS

NMC Registered Midwife & Lecturer/Practice Educator – Pin 80BO260S

Current status of entries - Registered midwife (effective)

Registered Nurse - Adult (effective)

Lecturer/Practice - Educator (effective)


MBPsS British Psychological Society – Membership Number 247466

2006 PhD Department of Psychology: University of York          

1998 MPhil Department of Psychology: University of Glasgow

1996 BSc Open University

1994 PGCE Department of Education: Strathclyde University

1987 Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (ADM): Foresterhill College, Aberdeen

1985 Registered Midwife (RM), Ayrshire and Arran College of Nursing and Midwifery

1983 Registered General Nurse (RGN) Ayrshire and Arran College of Nursing and Midwifery


Hollins Martin, C. J., Forrest, E., Wylie, L., Martin, C. R. (in press). The Understanding Bereavement Evaluation Tool (UBET) for midwives: factor structure and clinical research applications. Nurse Education Today.

Aleyd von Gartzen, A., Hollins Martin Martin, C.J. (in press). An email survey of midwives knowledge about CytoMegaloVirus (CMV) in Hannover and a skeletal framework for a proposed teaching program. Nurse Education in Practice.

Clauson, S., Hollins Martin, C.J., Watt, G. (in press). Anxiety as a cause of attachment avoidance in women with Turner Syndrome. Sexual and Relationship Therapy

Kizler, R., Hollins Martin, C.J. (in press). Could introducing vacuum delivery into the education curriculum of community midwives in Yemen improve maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity outcomes? Nurse Education in Practice.

Hollins Martin, C.J., Martin, C.R. (in press). A narrative review of maternal physical activity during labour and its effects upon length of first stage. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Gordon, M., Holt, K., Lythgoe, J., Mitchell, A., Hollins Martin, C.J. (in press). Application of the team objective structured clinical encounter (TOSCE) for continuing professional development amongst postgraduate health professionals. Journal of Interprofessional care.

Dalrymple, L., Hollins Martin, C. J., Smith, W. (in press). Improving understanding of teaching strategies perceived by Inter Professional Learning (IPL) lecturers to enhance students’ formulation of multidisciplinary roles: an exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education.

Hollins Martin, C.J., Snowden, A., Martin, C.R. (2012). Concurrent analysis: Validation of the domains within the Birth Satisfaction Scale. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 1–14, iFirst Article.

McPhee, I., Hollins Martin, C.J., Martin, C.R. and Sneider, A. (2012). Exploring the consequences of how Scotland interprets the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Drugs and Alcohol Today. 12(3): 146-156.

Hollins Martin, C.J., Smythe, A. (2012). A midwives guide to Turner Syndrome (TS). British Journal of Midwifery. 20(9): 540-543.