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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political SciencePostgraduate study

Ms Kaveri Mayra BSc (Hons.) Nursing, MPH

Postgraduate research student

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Kaveri Mayra is qualified in nursing, midwifery and public health. In a career spanning a decade she has passionately worked on nursing and midwifery workforce development and governance, health systems research and governance; quality and respectfulness in maternal health care; gender and women’s empowerment.

Empowering nurse-midwives is key to improving maternal health care.

She started her career in with an NGO called Academy for Nursing Studies and Women’s Empowerment Research Studies (ANSWERS) and currently serves as a member on its governing board. She has consulted with some leading development organizations like World Health Organizations (WHO), Jhpiego- an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University; Norway India Partnership Project (NIPI); Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Ernst and Young (E & Y); Oxford Policy Management and also with Government with Nagaland. She has worked in almost all the states in India, also Bangladesh and Thailand.

Qualitative research; communication and networking; capacity building; fieldwork management and data collection are her key strengths.

Research interests

I am keen to study two categories of women- 1) Nurse midwives, majority of whom are women involved in care provision; 2) Labouring women who come for childbirth to public health facilities. Both groups have been denied their due respect and are powerless. I am exploring if the empowerment of one group (nurse-midwives) leads to the empowerment of the other (childbearing women) in terms of improvement of quality and respectfulness of care around childbirth.

PhD research
Improving quality and respectfulness in maternal health care provision around birth through nursing and midwifery leadership

Supervisors: Prof. Zoe Matthews; Prof. Sabu Padmadas

Funding: Vice Chancellors Scholarship

Research projects

Quality of Care Evaluation in Bihar, India;

Evaluation of Pre-Service Nursing and Midwifery Education in four states in India;

Qualitative study to understand nurse mentoring in Bihar;

Nursing governance in Low and Middle Income Countries;

Husband as Birth Companion during childbirth: Exploring perceptions;

Ms Kaveri Mayra
Social Statistics & Demography Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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