WCH Research Unit team members

Women & Children's Research

Dr Christy Burden

Dr Christy Burden is a Consultant Senior Lecturer and Head of the Academic Women’s Health Unit at the University of Bristol.

She and the team at UoB have published seminal work on virtual reality simulation education and training and more recently research in the area of high risk pregnancies and perinatal loss. This includes publications in the Lancet on psychosocial outcomes after perinatal death.
Her clinical and research interests are in maternal medicine and the management of high risk pregnancies in women with chronic diseases and gestational diabetes.
Christy Burden is also the NIHR Clinical Research Network Lead for Reproductive Health and Childbirth.

You can read more about Christy here : https://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/en/persons/christy-burden(951a2edc-6664-4b7a-9b66-a7f9a0096cbf).html


Women & Children's Research

Mary Lynch

Delivery Suite Midwife

Mary Lynch works clinically as a Delivery Suite Midwife at NBT and as a Research Midwife for the WCHRU. She is also affiliated with the University of Bristol whilst she pursues a postgraduate research qualification (MRes). She has worked with the WCHRU team in stillbirth research for the last three years. Most recently she has been involved in assessing the feasibility of integrating parental input into the perinatal mortality review process, which takes place after the loss of a baby before birth (Stillbirth) or shortly afterwards (Neonatal death) – the PARENTS study. This research has informed a new National Bereavement Care Pathway and Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT).

Mary is also a collaborator in a National Institute for Health Research project to develop a Core Outcome Set (COS) for interventions after stillbirth (iCHOOSE Study). She has also been closely involved in developing a set of Global Principles for Stillbirth in Low and Middle-income countries – an on-going project  in collaboration with the International Stillbirth Alliance.



Women & Children's Research

Laura Timlin

Research Project Manager

Laura is the WCHRU’s Research Project Manager. She leads the development of competitive research bids with the aim of attaining non-commercial grant funding and promoting more and more research in the Women & Children’s Health Directorate at North Bristol NHS Trust.
She is the Public and Patient Involvement Co-ordinator within the research Unit, helping to develop and maintain our patient-focused ethos.
She also directly project manages a number of our existing studies, including:

Parents’ Active Role and ENgagemenT in their Stillbirth and neonatal death review (PARENTS study)
Antenatal Care Education: the co-design and piloting of interventions to improve patient and staff experience through better birth preparedness (ACE Study)
CHronic endometritis ANd unexplained reCurrent misscarriagE: the role of the endometrial microbiome  (CHANCE Study)