Julia Clark

Julia ClarkPhD student

Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester 
George Davies Centre
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 7280  
Email: jac85@leicester.ac.uk



In 2016, Julia joined the University of Leicester’s Department of Health Sciences to undertake a funded PhD exploring barriers to and facilitators of the implementation of national clinical guidelines for reduced fetal movement. The ethnographic study on which her PhD is based is a collaborative project between SAPPHIRE and TIMMS, with qualitative methods and sociological theory shaping an exploration of this widely-recognised risk factor for stillbirth.

Julia’s academic career started with a Modern and Medieval languages BA at the University of Cambridge, with honorary MA (Cantab). After several years as a youth worker, she turned to a career in midwifery, graduating from King’s College London in 2014 with a BSc in Midwifery with Registration. She has a long-standing interest in improving the care of women who are at risk of, or experience, stillbirth, with her introduction to maternity care a voluntary placement at SANDS, the Stillbirth and Neontatal Death Charity.

Alongside her PhD, Julia works as an antenatal teacher and Director of the Sheffield Maternity Co-operative, which provides information, support and advocacy for pregnant people and their families in and around Sheffield.



  1. Clark J.  Altered Fetal Movement: challenges in self-diagnosis and implications for practiceMIDIRS Midwifery Digest 28: 1, 43-48. (2018)

2.  Clark J. Understanding Fetal Movement: an Ethnographic Study by a Midwife Researcher. BSA Everyday Society. Online. (2020)

3. Clark J. A Postgraduate Forum Event on ‘Reproduction and Risk’: Exploring Risk and Anxiety across the Reproductive Life Course. BSA          Everyday Society. Online. (2020)