Marie-Clare Balaam is a senior research associate in the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (REACH) at UCLan. Her current research focuses on maternity care and social support for marginalised women with a particular focus on migrant women’s experiences of maternity care and childbirth in the UK and Europe.


Migration processes
Migration consequences (for migrants, sending and receiving countries)
Migration governance
Cross-cutting topics in migration research


  • University of Centr4al Lancashire

    University, Preston , United Kingdom
    Research Associate

  • University of Central Lancashire

    University, Preston, United Kingdom
    Research Associate


A Systematic Review of Perinatal Social Support Interventions for Asylum-seeking and Refugee Women Residing in Europe

Authors Marie-Clare Balaam, Carol Kingdon, Melanie Haith-Cooper
Year 2022
Journal Name Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
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1 Journal Article

A systematic review to identify key elements of effective public health interventions that address barriers to health services for refugees

Authors Musa Jallow, Melanie Haith-Cooper, Jae Hargan, ...
Year 2022
Journal Name Journal of public health
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2 Journal Article

A concept analysis of the term migrant women in the context of pregnancy

Authors Marie-Clare Balaam, Melanie Haith-Cooper, Alena Parizkova, ...
Year 2017
Journal Name International Journal of Nursing Practice
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3 Journal Article

A salutogenic perspective on maternity care for migrant women.

Authors Berit Viken, Marie-Clare Balaam, Lyberg Anne
Year 2017
Book Title New thinking on improving maternity care: International perspectives
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4 Book Chapter

'We make them feel special': The experiences of voluntary sector workers supporting asylum seeking and refugee women during pregnancy and early motherhood

Authors Marie-Clare Balaam, Carol Kingdon, Gill Thomson, ...
Year 2016
Journal Name Midwifery
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5 Journal Article

A qualitative review of migrant women's perceptions of their needs and experiences related to pregnancy and childbirth

Authors Marie-Clare Balaam, Kristin Akerjordet, Anne Lyberg, ...
Year 2013
Journal Name Journal of Advanced Nursing
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6 Journal Article

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