Lauren James

Research project: Managing Uncertainty in Maternity Care


The research will explore how high risk pregnancies are managed within consultant led labour wards.

The research aims to consider:

  • The intercultural and intracultural factors that affect risk management of high risk pregnancies within multidisciplinary teams in consultant led labour wards
  • The personal narratives of midwives and consultants and how these impact multi-team risk management of high risk pregnancies
  • How women with high risk pregnancies perceive and experience multi-team risk management in consultant led labour wards in the perinatal period.


I initially trained in ceramics before qualifying as a teacher in 2010 and currently work with young people and adults providing inclusive support services for learning and mental health. I've completed postgraduate training in special educational needs and systemic therapy. Since having my two children I've developed an interest in perinatal care and I will bring elements of arts practice and inclusive research to the PhD.

Areas of research interest

  • Pregnancy
  • Risk management
  • High risk pregnancy
  • Perinatal care


  • MA SEN SpLD University of South Wales
  • PGCE Cambridge University
  • BA Hons Ceramics University of Wales Institute in Cardiff

Funding or awards received

  • Centre for Allied Health and Social Care Research Stipend Award