Professional background

Yana was awarded her Phd by University of Manchester in 2016 which investigated fear of birth in first time mothers. Yana is co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, consultant editor of African Journal for Midwives and editorial board member of the Nursing Standard.

Yana has been a member of several national clinical guidelines including perinatal mental health, women with complex social problems, and obesity in pregnancy women . Yana co-founded the female genital mutilation (FGM) clinical guideline group with Dr Sarah Crieghton.This is a national group which is committed to the education and training of staff in the United Kingdom and to support women who have undergone FGM and eradication of the practice in the UK, she holds the position of honorary senior lecturer at City University, and midwifery and nursing lead for research at the Institute for Women’s Health, Yana was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queens New Years Honours List 2011.

Her clinical areas are women who have increased anxiety and fear of birth, women with a raised Body Mass Index during pregnancy, women who have undergone bariatric surgery and pregnancy, women with complex social problems, women with perinatal mental health problems

Research interests

  • Women who have undergone bariatric surgery prior to pregnancy
  • Access to maternity services for women whose first language is not English
  • Inequalites in health
  • Women with a raised body mass index during pregnancy
  • Care and long term management of women with third and fourth degree tears


Thompson, S.D Richens Y (2017) Cerebrospinal fluid shunts in the maternity context British Journal of Midwifery 25(3) 

Richens, Y. (2016) Urinary catheterisation: Indications and complications British Journal of Midwifery 24(3) 164-168

Richens Y. Hindley C. Lavender T. (2015) A national online survey of UK maternity unit service provision for women with fear of birth. British Journal of Midwifery 23(8) 574-579

Lavender, T. Richens, Y. What constitutes good trial evidence? British Journal of Midwifery 23(5) 316 - 321

Manning, S. Finer N Elkalaawy, M. Hashemi, M, Jenkinson, A.D. Obrien, P Battercham, R.L Richens Y. ( 2014) Timing of pregnancy in obese women after pregnancy Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Womens Cardiovascular Health 4 (3) 235

Zenner N, Liao,L-M, Richens Y, Crieghton,S.(2013) Quality of Obstetric and Midwifery Care for Women who have undergone female genital mutilation Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 33 459-462

Richens Y., & Smith, D. M. (2011). Applied qualitative research in maternity care: a reflection of the barriers to data collection with ‘at-risk’ populations. Diversity in Health and Care, 8, 29-36.

Lavender T, Richens Y Milan SJ, Smyth MDR (2011) Telephone support for women during pregnancy and the first six weeks postpartum. Cochrane Protocol Published on line DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD0093384

Bedwell, C., Houghton, G., Richens, Y. & Lavender, T (2011). 'She can choose, as long as I'm happy with it': a qualitative study of expectant fathers' views of birth place. Sex Reprod Health, 2(2), 71-5. DOI:10.1016/j.srhc.2010.12.001

Book chapters

Hofberg, K Richens, Y. (2016) Tokophobia in pregnancy Eds Edozien and O’Brien Biopsychosocial Factors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in press

Richens Y, Smith D, Lavender T (2012) The role of the midwife during pregnancy in Mahmood, T. and Alkumaran, S. Obesity a Ticking Time Bomb Elsevier