Her career has been about looking after women with complicated pregnancies. She was awarded a Health Research Board Fellowship investigating the use of low dose aspirin in pregnancy which became the subject of her MD thesis. She then completed a fellowship programme in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and afterwards returned to Ireland where she was appointed Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at RCSI and The Coombe Hospital in 2003.
Given her training in Medicine, Carmen has had a very important role in the Coombe Hospital in terms of developing services for women with complicated pregnancies. She jointly established the first national service for women with medical problems in pregnancy, now the largest clinic of its kind in Ireland. Her area of expertise also includes fetal medicine, ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis.
Carmen has many research interests but in particular has published on small babies and maternal diseases such as high blood pressure. She is currently a Consultant Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is based in the Coombe Hospital, Dublin. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the care and delivery of pregnant mothers and for complex cases is available for preconceptual consultation.