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Dr Rita Borg Xuereb
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Dr Rita Borg Xuereb


Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 34
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
contact+356 2340 1823

Head of Department
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 34
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
contact+356 2340 1823

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Dr. Rita Borg Xuereb is the Head of the Department of Midwifery, and a senior lecturer, with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta. She is a registered nurse, registered midwife, has a Diploma in Adult Education, a Masters degree in Midwifery Education and a PhD which focused on the transition to parenthood. She has forty years experience as a healthcare professional (nurse, 13years; midwife, 28years) and former president of the Malta Midwives Association (2001-2007). She was a member of the Malta Council for Nurses and Midwives (1990-2013); the Head of CPD programmes (2003-2009) for Health Professionals. She was responsible for developing and setting up of the Department of Midwifery, University of Malta in 2009. She is a Visiting Lecturer with University of Newcastle, UK, and successfully set up Bilateral Erasmus exchange agreements for students and teachers, with several European Universities. She has successfully supervised masters and co-supervised PHD students to completion. She was a member of the EAHC/2013/Health/07 reference network as a Midwifery Academic expert. She was on the Management committee of the COST Action IS0907 Childbirth, Cultures, Concerns and Consequences.

Dr. Borg Xuereb is an elected Board member of the International Confederation of Midwives, ICM, (Southern Europe) and the ICM liaison Board member for education (2014-). Dr Borg Xuereb is a core-team member of the ICM global project concerning the updating of ICM Basic Essential Competencies for Midwives. She has represented ICM at several international World Health Organisation meetings, and workshops acting as temporary advisor for WHO, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) workshops that concerns sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health and wellbeing and midwifery education. In 2016, she represented ICM at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation meeting concerning the use of mhealth and at the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth: Expert group and health Professions Associations Consultations.

She is a peer reviewer of local and international journals. Topics of interest include, midwifery education, practice, mixed-method and qualitative research, the transition and preparation for parenthood, and perinatal mental health.

Research Interests & Publications

Selected Publications

Agius, A., Borg Xuereb, R., Carrick-Sen, D., Sultana, R. & Rankin, J. 2016, "The co-existence of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms in the perinatal period: A systematic review", Midwifery, vol. 36, no. May, pp. 70-76.

Sammut, J., Scerri, J. & Borg Xuereb, R. 2015, "The lived experience of adults with ulcerative colitis", Journal of clinical nursing, vol. 24, pp. 2659-2667.

Spiteri, G., Borg Xuereb, R., Carrick-Sen, D., Kaner, E. & Martin, C. 2014, "Preparation for parenthood: a concept analysis", Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 148-165.

Abela, A., Casha, C., Borg Xuereb, R., Clark, M., Inguanez, J. & Sammut Scerri, C. 2012, "The needs of Maltese families with dependent children - A focus-group study among professionals", Bank of Valletta Review, , no. Spring, pp. 55-86.

Borg Xuereb, R., Abela, A. & Spiteri, G. 2012, "Early parenting- portraits from the lives of first-time parents", Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 468-482.

Spiteri, G. & Borg Xuereb, R. 2012, "Going back to work after childbirth: Women's lived experiences", Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 201-216.

Zammit, N. & Borg Xuereb, R. 2011, "Overview of Midwifery in Malta", The State of the World's Midwifery. Delivering Health, Saving Lives.UNFPA, .

Borg Xuereb, R. 2000, "Evaluation in Malta of a Midwives Educational Programme on Postnatal depression", Archives of Women's Mental Health, 4-6 September, pp. 123-124.

Borg Xuereb, R. 1995, Hajja Gdida, 2nd revised edition edn, Midsea Books, Malta.



Sammut, J., Borg Xuereb, R., Scerri, J. ‘The experience of living with an Ileo-Anal Pouch: an
interpretative phenomenological analysis’. Journal of Gastroenterology Nursing Accepted for
publication ref: GNJ-D-15-00071R1 in issue 40 (5) (Sep/Oct) of 2017.
Debono, C., Borg Xuereb, R., Scerri, J., Camilleri, L. ‘Intimate partner violence:
Psychological and verbal abuse during pregnancy’ Journal of Clinical Nursing, submitted, ID


Academic expert for the EAHC/2013/Health/07
Member of the core team of the international research project aiming to review and upgrade
the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice. This project is in progress and
involves several Delphi surveys across all the regions of the world. It is due to be
completed by June 2017.


2014 to date - Elected board member of the International Confederation of Midwives and ICM
liaison Board member for Education
2014 to date - Southern European representative of the International Confederation of
2004 to date - Affiliate member of the European Midwives Association
2013 to date - Editorial Board member for MIDIRS, Midwifery Digest Journal and database
2106 to date - Member of the International Advisory Board of Sexual & Reproductive Health
care, peer-review international journal
2002 to date - Member of the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, UK
2011- 2014 - Member of the management committee for Malta to COST Action IS0907, ‘Childbirth
Cultures and consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care.
2015 to date - Member of the MCCF Research Unit, the Malta Community Chest Fund, Office of
the President of Malta
1990 to date – Member of Malta Midwives Association


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