Ms Eleanor Molloy BSc. (Hons), Dip. HE., MSc.

Ms Eleanor Molloy

Institute of Applied Health Research
Qualitative Research Fellow CStich-2 Trial

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Eleanor is a qualitative research fellow working on the qualitative process evaluation of the Pilot Study within the CStich-2 Randomised Control Trial. The CStich-2 trial is investigating the efficacy of emergency cerclage in extending pregnancy, and reducing miscarriage rates for women at high risk of premature birth.  The qualitative element of the trial will explore the acceptability and experiences of the trial process for both mothers’ and their Healthcare Professionals.

She has previously worked on the DAPPLE project at University of Birmingham Gender, (Sexual Diversity And Professional Practice Learning).

Eleanor has particular interests in gender and sexual diversity, maternal perinatal mental health, birth trauma and infant feeding. 


  • MSc Child Health University of Warwick, 2016
  • Dipl HE (Breastfeeding) Counselling, University of Bedfordshire, 2011
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2001


The work Eleanor is doing as part of the CStich-2 trial aims to explore the experiences of mothers who are eligible to take part in the RCT, whether they participate or not. Furthermore the work involves exploring the experiences and opinions of Healthcare Professionals who are part of the study recruitment team, in terms of their equipoise and feelings about the study and the intervention being offered.

Eleanor began her career as a quantitative researcher in the field of food safety microbiology, following her first degree in Applied Biology.  

After further training and working as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with NCT, she undertook her MSc in Child Health at University of Warwick.  Her Master's dissertation was focussed on the experiences of women seeking support for Post-Traumatic Stress following Birth Trauma.  

Eleanor is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Warwick, exploring the lived experiences of mothers from diverse groups who have experienced birth trauma. 

Eleanor has continued to work with mothers and their families for over 10 years, her research interests lie in the fields of perinatal mental health, support for birth trauma, and experiences of maternity healthcare.  She also has wider interests in the areas around infant feeding, specifically breastfeeding support and disparities in healthcare for marginalised groups.