Amali Lokugamage MBChB, BSc, MSc (Epidemiology), MD, FRCOG is a Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and involved in medical education in London, UK. She has over 24 years of experience in the speciality. Her main clinical interests lie in medical gynaecology and general obstetrics with expertise in normalising birth. She has authored an acclaimed book called The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration of the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion which Ina May Gaskin has called “the childbirth without fear of the 21st century”.
Dr Lokugamage is an internationally invited speaker at many multidisciplinary Birth conferences promoting respectful care, dignity and autonomy in maternity services. Her international positions of leadership are; being on the Board of Directors of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organisation (UN recognised NGO); on the Advisory Board of Human Rights in Childbirth (NGO); and on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Childbirth. She is an Institute of Leadership and Management NHS Champion for Healthcare Human Rights and is involved compassion and patient experience projects at her London hospital. She has several medical educational leadership roles at University College London Medical School in undergraduate Women’s Health, Clinical and Professional Practice and Student Support.
Her international clinical work has been in cardiothoracic anaesthesia in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1991; research into the treatment of post partum haemorrhage at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa 1997-2001; and Asian Tsunami charitable relief work in Sri Lanka and India 2005 & 2006.
Her undergraduate medical qualifications are from St Andrews and Manchester Universities. An MSc Epidemiology was obtained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MD was awarded from University College London. Clinical training was undertaken at London teaching hospitals. She was awarded a Fellow of the Royal College and Obstetricians (FRCOG) in 2008.
Her research & publications cover critical evaluation of evidence based medicine, human rights in childbirth, normalising birth, life course epidemiology, recurrent miscarriage, the use of Misoprostol for labour and delivery, and international women's health. She has a keen interest in Integrated Medicine and the psychobiological dimensions of diagnosis and treatment.
In London she leads an NHS maternity acupuncture service. She is a Trustee of the Birthlight Trust where she instigated a pregnancy yoga dance project. Dr Lokugamage also has expertise in the treatment of chronic illness integrating both standard and complementary medicine modalities in a patient centred approach.