Midwife becomes first non-medical member of staff to get an externally funded PhD Research

Angela is a research midwife and is the proud mummy of a little girl who died from childhood cancer.

We are super proud of her.

She is the first non-medical member of staff to get an externally funded PhD following her National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Masters in Research from Coventry University.

Her beautiful daughter Bethany, died in 2012 aged just eight years old, and since then she has been spurred on to achieve great things in her daughter’s memory. Angela will start her PhD at Coventry University exploring the communication and information needs of survivors of childhood cancer when pregnant as they are at risk of certain complications related to their treatments.

It will take two years and the outcome of her research will be written in her 60,000 words dissertation.

Angela’s research could influence the future care of childhood cancer survivors, when after beating their cancer, they think about starting a family of their own. In June, she completed a Masters degree on the lasting effects of abdominal radiotherapy for survivors of childhood cancer when they become pregnant, while working in our miscarriage and pregnancy research unit.

After Bethany died, Angela founded the charity Bethany’s Wish and still actively campaigns to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raises funds to research into high risk Wilms tumour.

She currently works in the Bio-Medical Research Unit which conducts research into recurrent miscarriage but watch this space – we think she is destined for amazing things.