Prevalence of sexual health issues in first time mothers and associated risk factors

Deirdre O'Malley

Trinity College Dublin

I am a Health Research Board Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin. I am a registered midwife having practised in Ireland, Scotland and Australia. I moved into midwifery education in 2008 taking up a position as a Clinical Tutor in Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. I provided a midwife led/shared care antenatal clinic from 2008-2013. I have a Diploma in Nursing Studies from National University of Ireland Galway, a H Dip in Midwifery (Dist) from Caledonian University Glasgow, a MSc in Midwifery and PG Dip in Education (Dist) from Trinity College Dublin.I was successfully awarded a 3 year Health Research Board Healthcare Professional Fellowship to undertake her PhD on the MAMMI Study – Sexual Health Strand ( My research interest lies in postpartum sexual health and changes to the intimate relationship after birth.


Background Approximately 20%-30% of women experience some sexual health issues at 6 months postpartum, and these issues persist for 20% of these women at 12 months postpartum. There are no data on the prevalence of women’s... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Deirdre O'Malley (Trinity College Dublin)
  2. Valerie Smith (Trinity College Dublin)
  3. Deirdre Daly (Trinity College Dublin)
  4. Agnes Higgins (Trinity College Dublin)

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Topics: Maternity Care


MC3 » Maternity Care 3 (10:30 - Thursday, 10th November, Lecture Theatre 0.32)

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