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 working alongside the local Supervisor of Midwives. At the West Midlands Perinatal Institute she co-ordinated regional confidential enquiries into perinatal deaths and later led a team developing and implementing a web application to standardise Trusts’ in-house reviews of adverse outcomes (‘SCOR’) which obtained a Health Service Journal Award in Patient Safety in 2012. In 2013 she returned to clinical midwifery practice at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and in 2015 took on the role of homebirth team leader during a pilot project to increase the number of homebirths at the Trust.

Fiona has been an active member of the Task and Finish Group that reported to the Department of Health for the national implementation of a perinatal review tool for both stillbirths and neonatal deaths. She has also had a role as an NIHR Intern researching adverse outcome reviews within maternity services with Professors Sara Kenyon and Marian Knight. Fiona was a Specialist Midwifery Clinical Advisor for the Care Quality Commission and currently is a midwife reviewer for MBRRACE perinatal death 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


  • Cross-Sudworth F, Knight M, Goodwin L, Kenyon S (2019) Systematic exploration of the number and quality of local reviews of the care of maternal deaths in the UK and Ireland between 2012- 2014: a case note review study. BMJ Open. 9:e029552. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029552.
  • Taylor B, Cross-Sudworth F, Goodwin L, Kenyon S, McArthur C (2019) Midwives’ perspectives of continuity based working in the UK: A cross-sectional survey.  Midwifery. 75: 127-137.
  • Cross-Sudworth F, Hindley J, Cheatham C, Clarke P, McAree T (2018) Creating a dedicated homebirth service: results of a 3 year pilot. British Journal of Midwifery. 26(3) 164-170.
  • Kenyon S, Cross-Sudworth F, Keegan C, Johnston T, A on behalf of MBRRACE-UK (2017) Local review of intrapartum-related death. In (Eds.) Draper ES, Kurinczuk JJ, Kenyon S on behalf of MBRRACE-UK. Perinatal Confidential Enquiry: Term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum-related neonatal death. The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester: Leicester. (pp.67-72).
  • Murray-Davis B, McDonald H, Cross-Sudworth F et al (2016) “Implementation of an interprofessional team review of adverse events in obstetrics using a standardized computer tool: A mixed methods study” Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada. 38(2) 168-176. 
  • Cross-Sudworth F, Williamson A, Gardosi J (2015) “Perinatal deaths of migrant mothers: adverse outcomes from unrecognized risks and substandard care factors” British Journal of Midwifery. 23(10) 734-740.
  • Cross-Sudworth F, Williamson A, Gardosi J (2015) “Community midwifery care and social care pathways” Evidence Based Midwifery13(1) 15-21.
  • Murray-Davis B, McDonald H, Cross-Sudworth F et al (2015) Learning from Adverse Events in Obstetrics: Is a Standardized Computer Tool an Effective Strategy for Root Cause Analysis? Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 37(8):728–735.
  • F Cross-Sudworth, A Williams, S Herron-Marx (2011) “Maternity services in multi-cultural Britain: Using Q methodology to explore the views of first- and second-generation women of Pakistani origin” Midwifery. 27: 458–468.
  • Cross-Sudworth F (2009) “Ethnicity and domestic abuse: issues for midwives” British Journal of Midwifery. 17(4) 212-215.
  • Cross-Sudworth F (2007) “Racism and discrimination in maternity services” British Journal of Midwifery. 15(6) 327-331. 
  • Cross-Sudworth F (2007) “Linkworkers: a Cinderella service?” Midwives. 10(7) 325-327.
  • Cross-Sudworth F (2007) “Effects of Ramadan fasting on pregnancy” British Journal of Midwifery. 15(2) 79-81.
  • Cross-Sudworth F (2006) “Infertility issues for South Asian women” Diversity in Health and Social Care. 3(4) 281-287.