Professor Jill Shawe

Professor and Lead for Maternal and Family Healthcare



Jill Shawe is a Clinical Academic with extensive experience of working in the field of primary care and women's health, working as a midwife, health visitor and reproductive health nurse and in nursing and midwifery education and research. Jill leads the Maternal, Child and Family Health Research and Education Cluster and is also Director of the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education (CRNME) which has a legacy to support PhD studentships.

Following on from her role as project lead at UCL for a DH Policy Research Programme Grant, Pre-pregnancy Health & Care in England: Exploring Implementation and Public Health Impact, Jill has developed a programme of research and education in Perinatal care (PREPARE). Collaborating with colleagues from Nutritional Sciences and Health Psychology along with NHS colleagues nationally the group aims to improve outcomes for women planning pregnancy. Jill was integral in the formation of a European pre-pregnancy research collaboration: The PrePreg Network which brings together EU and other countries to work together in this emergent area.

Jill's PhD examined Pre-pregnancy care for women with diabetes and current projects include: Pregnancy after Metabolic surgery study (PAMS), Prevention of neural tube defects in ethnic communities and inter-conception care for women with gestational diabetes and their partners (PARTNERS) in collaboration with Surrey Sports Park. Jill also has an interest in reproductive health care for vulnerable groups and PhD student projects include sexual health of the homeless, women with babies removed at birth and sexual and reproductive health of young women after bariatric surgery.

In addition to her research, Jill teaches and supervises students undertaking BSc, MSc and PhD programmes and works clinically as a Midwife and Reproductive Health Nurse.

Research interests

Preconception and Inter-conception Health and Care; Diabetes and Pregnancy; Bariatric Surgery and Pregnancy; Postnatal Care; Contraception and Sexual Health; Fertility Awareness; Service User Involvement.

Research collaborations

Current Projects

PREPARE | Perinatal Care - Programme of Research and Education in Preconception Care.European PrePreg Network. EU partners from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, USA.Current projects:1. Evaluation of Preconception Health and Care in Europe.2. Consensus on Interconception care.3. Planned and unplanned pregnancies among women attending antenatal care.4. Implementation of a Reproductive Life Plan (RLP).5. Attitudes towards parenthood and understanding about fertility.

Pregnancy after Metabolic Surgery (PAMS) Biomedical and Health Pump Priming Funds PI NHS Collaborators - Bariatric Centres UK.

PARTNER study PARents Together in Nutrition Exercise inteRconception Study. University of Surrey PI.

PREVENT Programme of Research and Education in Preventive Family HealthcareDevelopment of Mobile Application for Prevention of Unintended Injuries in Under 5's. Impact award funding. Public Health Surrey / University of Surrey. PI.

Current Collaboration with UCL Institute for Women's Health

Smarter Pregnancy. Efficacy of a nutrition and lifestyle digital intervention in women planning a pregnancy: a pilot randomised controlled trial in Primary Care. Health Education England Co-applicant (PI Judith Stephenson UCL).

BeCCY (Best Choice Contraceptive for You) project developing and testing ways of supporting women to make informed choices of contraception. HTA NIHR Co-applicant (PI Judith Stephenson UCL).

Recently Completed Projects

NIHR Pre-pregnancy Health and Care in England - DH Policy Research Programme. Co-applicant and Project Lead PI Judith Stephenson (UCL).

Improving the Sexual Health of Homeless People: Burdett Trust for Nursing and St Mungo's - PI

RESPONSE - A collaborative research project to understand how (poor) communication by nurses and midwives contributes to complaints and to explore the role of clinical leadership in promoting effective communication for nurses and midwives in responding to informal complaints RESPONSE. PI

Current PhD Students

Prevention of Neural Tube Defects within Ethnic Communities in the UK: Pre-pregnancy Knowledge, Attitudes and Health Behaviour.UCL Biomedical Grand Challenge Jordana Peake with Professor A Copp (ICH)

Babies Removed at Birth Wendy Marsh CRNME Fellowship with Dr Ann Robinson & Dr Jen Leamon (Bournemouth University)

Development of Mobile Application for Preconception care in Women with Diabetes. Chid Nwolise with Dr Nicola Carey

Sexual Health of Adolescent Homeless Fiona McGregor with Dr Ann Robinson

Reproductive Health after Bariatric Surgery in Young women. Marie McCormack with Prof Jane Ogden

Learning from Patient Complaints Sarah Bolger with Dr Carin Magnusson

Knowledge and Attitudes within Diabetes Care in Cyprus Monika Nikitara with Dr Nicola Carey

Pressure Injuries in the Maternity Setting Kath Lawton with Prof Jane Nixon (Leeds) & Prof Dimitri Beeckman (UGhent)

Fertility Awareness Bola Grace UCL with Prof Judith Stephenson (UCL)

Eating Disorders in Pregnancy Amanda Bye UCL with Prof N Micali (UCL) and Prof D Bick (Kings College London)


MSc Delivering Quality Healthcare Maternal Child & Family Health Lead

Research modules and research methods.

Women's health and sexual health.

Teaching nursing and midwifery.

Departmental duties

Lead Maternal, Child and Family Health Research and Education Cluster

Management of the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education (CRNME)


Visiting Professor University of Ghent Belgium

Honorary Nurse Consultant for Research Ashford and St Peter's HospitalsNHS Foundation Trust

Advisory Board Swiss Precision Diagnostics - Clear Blue

Stakeholder Governor Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Member RCOG Faculty SRH Research GroupMember Advisory Group for the Commissioning of Contraception & Abortion Services in EnglandMember RCN Research SocietyProfessional Membership: Royal College of Midwives. Royal College of Nursing. European Society of Contraception, British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society, Association for Study of ObesityAssociate Member Royal College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Faculty Sexual & Reproductive HealthAssociate Editor BMC Pregnancy and ChildbirthPeer reviewer: Human Fertility Journal; Journal Sexual & Reproductive Health Care; European Journal Contraception & Reproductive Health Care


Edison E, Whyte M, van Vlymen J, Jones S, Gatenby P, de Lusignan S, Shawe J. (2016) Bariatric Surgery in Obese Women of Reproductive Age Improves Conditions That Underlie Fertility and Pregnancy Outcomes: Retrospective Cohort Study of UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR) Obesity Surgery doi:10.1007/s11695-016-2202-4

Marsh W, Shawe J, Robinson A, Leamon J. (2016) Moving Pictures: Including photo-elicitation into a narrative study of mothers and midwives experiences of babies removed at birth . Evidence Based Midwifery 14(2): 44-48

Whyte M, Johnson R, Cooke D, Hart K, McCormack M Shawe J (2016) Diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus in women following bariatric surgery: A national survey of lead diabetes midwives British Journal of Midwifery 24 (6)

Marsh, W. Robinson, A, Shawe, J. (2016). Babies removed at birth: Narratives of mothers and midwives. Midwives. Spring 2016.

Robinson A, Nwolise C, Shawe J. (2016) Contraception for Women with Diabetes: Challenges and Solutions. Open Access Journal of Contraception 7 11-17

Marsh, W. Robinson,A, Leamon, J, Shawe, J. (2016). How are midwives prepared for their role in safeguarding children?. MIDIRS. 26, (1), pp. 14.

Barrett G, Shawe J, Howden B, Patel D, Ojukwu O, Pandya P, Stephenson J (2015) Why do women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care? Preconception experiences of women attending maternity services: a qualitative investigation. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2;15:236. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0672-3.

Marsh W, Robinson A, Shawe J. (2015) Mother's experiences of compulsory removal of babies at birth: a review of the evidence. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 25:3 pp341-346

Odelius A, Allan H, Hunter B, Bryan K, Knibb K, Shawe J. (2015) From transformative learning to social change? Using action research to explore and improve informal complaints management in an NHS trust Original Practice Development and Research Vol 5:1

Allan, HT, Bryan K, Hunter BJ, Knibb W, Odelius AC, Shawe J, Gallagher A. (2015) Supporting staff to respond effectively to informal complaints: findings from an action research study. Journal of Clinical Nursing . ISSN 0962-1067

Allan, HT, Odelius, AC, Hunter B J, Bryan, KB, Knibb, W, Shawe, J. (2015) Gatekeeping access to the midwifery unit: managing complaints by bending the rules. Health. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1461-7196

Shawe J, Heegard H, Delbaere I, Ekstrand M, Mastroiacovo P, Steegers E, Tyden T. (2015) Pre-pregnancy Care: A review of preconception care policy, guidelines and recommendations across six European countries. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Sexual health. 20: 2 DOI 10.3109/13625187.2014.990088

Shawe J, Cooke D, Hart K, McGowan B, Pring C, Subramanin D, Whyte M. (2014) Pregnancy after diabetes obesity surgery (PADOS): qualitative study of pre-pregnancy care Pregnancy hypertension: An international Journal of women's cardiovascular health;4(3):238 doi:10.1016/j.preghy.2014.03.027

M.Whyte, Pring C, Cooke D, Hart K, McGovan BM, Subramanian D, Shawe J. (2014) Pregnancy after diabetes obesity surgery (PADOS): incidence and outcomes Pregnancy hypertension: An international Journal of women's cardiovascular health;4(3):239 doi:10.1016/j.preghy.2014.03.030

Marsh W, Robinson A, Gallagher A, Shawe J. (2014) Removing babies from mothers at birth: Midwives' experiences. British Journal of Midwifery 22(9):620-624

Stephenson J, Patel D, Barrett G, Howden B, Copas A, Ojukwu O, Pandya P, Shawe J. (2014) How Do Women Prepare for Pregnancy? Preconception Experiences of Women Attending Antenatal Services and Views of Health Professionals. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103085.

Panicker S, Mann S, Shawe J, Stephenson J (2014) Extended use of the Combined Oral Contraceptive pill: how has it evolved? J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care; doi:10.1136/jfprhc

Box M, Shawe J. (2014) The experiences of adults with learning disabilities attending a sexuality and relationship group: “I want to get married and have kids”. J Fam Plann Reprod Health CareMette G. Backhausen MG, Ekstrand M, Tyden T, Magnussen BK, Shawe J, Hegaard H (2014) Pregnancy planning and lifestyle prior to conception and during early pregnancy among Danish women The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 19: 1 DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2013.851183

Flower A, Shawe J, Stephenson J, Doyle P.(2013) Pregnancy planning, smoking behaviour during pregnancy, and neonatal outcome: UK Millennium Cohort Study BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 13:238

J Peake, AJ Copp J Shawe. (2013) Knowledge and peri-conceptional use of folic acid in ethnic communities in the UK for the prevention of Neural Tube Defects. Birth Defects Research Part A 97:444-451

Shawe J (2013) Contraceptive choices for women with diabetes. British Journal of Primary Care Nursing. Vol 10, No. 2

Stephenson J, Shawe J, Panicker S, Brima N, Copas A, Sauer U, Wilkinson C, Akintomide H, O'Brien P (2013) Randomized trial of the effect of tailored versus standard use of the combined oral contraceptive pill on continuation rates at 1 year. Contraception 11 Apr

Graham C, Panicker S, Shawe J & Stephenson J (2013) Women's experiences with tailored use of a combined oral contraceptive: A qualitative study. Human Reproduction

Panzetta S, Shawe J. (2013) 'Lactational Amenorrhoea Method: The evidence is there, why aren't we using it?'. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 39 (2), pp. 136-138.

Shawe J (2013) Contraceptive choices for women with diabetes. Primary Care Women's Health Journal. Vol 5, No. 1

Shawe J, Cox S, Penny N, White A, Wilkinson C. (2013) 'A service-based approach to nurse training in sexual and reproductive health care'. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Allan H T, O'Driscoll M, Simpson V, Shawe J. (2012) Teachers' views of using e-learning for non-traditional students in higher education across three disciplines [nursing, chemistry and management] at a time of massification and increased diversity in higher education. Nurse Education Today AprilAdvisory Group on Contraception. (2012) Audit Report of the commissioning of contraception & abortion services in England. Sex, lives and commissioning. April Hindson D, Collety P & Shawe J (2012) An audit review of end-of-life care for in-patients with diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Nursing Vol 16. No 4Shawe J (2011) Contraception in the perimenopause Primary Care Women's Health Journal Issue 11 (October/November/December 2011) Vol 3, No. 4Shawe J, Smith PA & Stephenson J (2011) Use of contraception by women with type 1 or type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: 'It's funny that nobody really spoke to me about it'. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. Oct;16(5):350-8. Epub 2011 Jul 21.

Stephenson J, Kuh D, Shawe J, et al (2011) Why should we consider a life course approach to women's health care. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Scientific Advisory Committee opinion paper 27 (August 2011)Shawe J, Smith PA & Stephenson J (2010) Contraception for women with diabetes Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. Vol 15 Supp 1. May 84-85Shawe J, Mann S, Stephenson J (2009) The move to integrated contraception & sexual health services: Have we forgotten family 'planning'? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Oct;35(4):250-3.Shawe J, Muliner H, Nicholls P & Lawrenson R (2008) Use of Hormonal Contraception in Women with Diabetes.Primary Care Diabetes Vol 2 : 4 195-199Shawe J (2006) Teticular Cancer Journal of National Association Nurses for Contraception and Sexual Health 46, 147-151Shawe J. 2005 Erectile dysfunction, Journal of National Association Nurses for Contraception and Sexual Health 45, 135-139Shawe J & Lawrenson R (2004) Hormonal contraception in women with diabetes mellitus: A review of the Literature. The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care Vol 9 Supp 1:132Shawe J & Lawrenson R (2003) Hormonal contraception in women with Diabetes Mellitus: Special Considerations. Treatments in Endocrinology 2(5): 231-330. Shawe J, Ineichen B & Lawrenson R (2001) Emergency Contraception: Who are the users? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 27(4): 209-212Shawe J & Ineichen B (2000) Using a youth café to provide contraceptive services Primary Health Care Vol10 no 5Shawe J (2000) Contraceptive choices for Diabetic Women Practice Nurse 19:499-502Shawe J (2000) Treating sexually transmitted infections Practice Nurse 20:325-30