Researchers at UCD


Maria Healy


School Of Nursing,Midwifery & Health Sys
Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166477


Maria completed her doctoral research in April 2012 graduating from the University of Cental Lancashire under the supervision of Professor Soo Downe. Research title:  Rethinking postnatal care: A Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenological study of postnatal care in Ireland.

She is currently leading a midwifery practice innovation project with a team of midwives to promote normal birth.
In 2011 Maria co-researchered of a study entitled: Women's experiences of restricted visiting in an Irish Maternity Hospital.

Maria is a lecture in midwifery, teaching on both the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes.  She is highly involved in curriculum development, is a personal tutor to a number of students and is a supervisor of MSc research projects.

Other interests include:
Heideggerian Hermeneutic Methodology, Promoting effective midwifery practice, promoting normal birth, Health Promotion and Reflective practice


Honours and Awards

Year: 2006.
Title: Iolanthe Midwives Award
Year: 2006.
Title: Scholarship



Conference Publications

Healy, M.; (2006) Women's Experiences of Postnatal Care: A Meta-Synthesis 2006 Normal Labour and Birth: 3rd research Conference Grange Over Sands, English Lake District, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire, , 07-JUN-06 - 09-JUN-06 [Details]


Research Interests

Doctoral research completed April 2012,  University of Central Lancashire - Rethinking postnatal care: A Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenological study of postnatal care in Ireland.
Supervisors Professor Soo Downe, Professor Fiona Dykes and Dr. Gillian Thompson

Other research interests include: The development and promotion of midwifery practice to promote normal birth and effective postnatal care.  Other interests include midwifery decision making, health promotion and reflective practice.