Ms Fiona Cross-Sudworth MSc, BSc (Hons), RM (Dip), RGN

Fiona Cross-Sudworth

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Fiona is a Research Fellow for the Applied Research Collaborative (West Midlands) in the Maternity Theme. She is particularly interested in postnatal care, ethnicity and perinatal and maternal morbidity. She has previously worked on the evaluation of the Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Partnership (BUMP) implementation of the Better Birth (2016) recommendations and also more recently on the FGM Sister Study.

Fiona’s background is in midwifery and her experience covers a variety of roles including hospital and community midwifery, research and project management (including at the West Midlands Perinatal Institute), and was team leader of a dedicated homebirth team.


  • 2008 MSc in Women’s Health (Distinction) - Birmingham City University                                         
  • 1994 BSc in Midwifery (2:1) - University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff                               
  • 1993 RM (Diploma) - South Wales Institute of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Cardiff    
  • 1990 RGN -South Wales Institute of Nursing & Midwifery Education, Cardiff                 


Having completed her RGN, RM and B.Sc in Midwifery in Cardiff, Fiona has had a variety of midwifery roles both clinical and project or research-based including a placement in rural North Africa.

When working at the West Midlands Perinatal Institute, Fiona co-ordinated regional confidential enquiries into perinatal deaths and later led a team developing a web application to standardise Trusts’ in-house reviews of adverse outcomes which obtained a Health Service Journal Award. In 2013 she returned to clinical midwifery practice at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and later took on the role of homebirth team leader during a pilot project to increase the number of homebirths at the Trust.

Since moving to the University of Birmingham in 2017, Fiona has been involved in various research studies concerning maternity services including induction of labour and postnatal care as well as Female Genital Mutilation services. She is currently a midwife reviewer for MBRRACE confidential enquiry panels.


Fiona’s research experience has been mainly concerned with qualitative methodologies including using Q methodology to investigate maternity experiences of women of Pakistani origin, conducting interviews and focus groups, and undertaking casenote reviews. She has also been involved in clinical audit, gap analysis, quality improvement and care reviews as well as has set up systems for clinical data collection.

Research groups and Centres

Other activities

  • MBRRACE midwife reviewer for Confidential Enquiry panels
  • RCM member