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Holly Essex
Research Fellow



Holly initially joined the Department of Health Sciences in 2003 and has since gained research experience using a range of methodologies, including quantitative analyses, health economics, as well as qualitative approaches.

For her doctoral work, Holly explored the risk factors for women having a caesarean section or an instrumental birth in the UK, using multivariable techniques to analyse data from the Millennium Cohort study.

In 2017 Holly became a qualified midwife and has recently specialised in digital midwifery.  She now works in both a midwife and research capacity.


  • BSc Health Sciences, University of York
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • MSc Health Services Research, University of York
  • PhD Health Sciences, University of York



Holly's research interests include pregnancy and childbirth; maternity services, addictions; and quality of life.


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Dr Holly Essex
Research Fellow