Helen Recchia
Lecturer in Midwifery, Lead Midwife for Education and Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice



Helen qualified as a registered (adult) nurse in 1999 at the University of Leeds. After working in orthopaedic nursing Helen commenced the BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice Programme at the University of York. Helen spent the majority of her practice as a midwife working in York Hospital rotating between the antenatal, postnatal and labour wards.

Helen was regularly involved in mentoring and supporting student midwives in practice. In 2007 Helen became a Supervisor of Midwives; a mechanism to protect women and babies by actively promoting a safe standard of midwifery practice.

Helen joined the Midwifery Education Team at the University of York in 2009, initially on a two year secondment and later as a midwifery lecturer. Helen has studied Health Sciences at Masters Level and enjoys all aspects of midwifery education and practice; although Helen’s particular interests are professional and legal issues and intrapartum care. 

Currently Helen is undertaking a part-time PhD at the University of York which will explore resilience in healthcare professionals and students.


  • Registered (Adult) Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Supervisor of Midwives
  • BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice
  • MSc Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Departmental roles

  • Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice
  • Member of the Fitness to Practice Committee
  • Lead Midwife for Education (LME)



  • Professional and Legal Frameworks Regulating Midwifery Practice
  • Knowledge and Evidence Informing Midwifery Practice
  • Foundations for Midwifery Practice 2
  • Foundations for Midwifery Practice 3
  • Midwifery Practice Module 6

External activities


  • Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner for the University of Wolverhampton (Midwifery Programme)


Contact details

Helen Recchia

Tel: 01904 32(1824)