Maternal and Child Health

Our research vision is to develop as an expert group that fosters the integration of research and practice to support the delivery of high-quality and innovative maternal, child and family health and care.

Research interests

The majority of child health mortality and morbidity can be prevented with effective interventions – however, a variety of factors can impact on child health and survival.

Understanding maternal and child health issues across the continuum of care through the reproductive years, pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, the new-born period, infancy and childhood is a focus of this cluster.

Research areas

  • Maternal, child and family health
  • Obesity
  • Preventing accidents in the under-fives
  • Contraception
  • Mental health care
  • Diabetes

Our studies

Recent studies include:

  • PARTNER Study: PARents Together in Nutrition Exercise inteRconception Study
  • Evaluation of joint working and the impact on practice of health visitors and sports personal trainers
  • Improving the acceptability and uptake of LARC to young women
  • Efficacy of a nutrition and lifestyle digital intervention in women planning a pregnancy: a pilot randomised controlled trial in Primary Care
  • The development of an e-supportive care system to support children and young people with complex health care needs and their families to stay at home, funded by WellChild


Cluster lead

Jill Shawe Professor and Lead for Maternal and Family Health

Cluster members

Becci Barnley Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Children's Nursing)
S Bolger  
Julia Boon Teaching Fellow in Midwifery
Anna-Maria Brown Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Midwifery)
Alison Callwood Lecturer in Integrated Care (Midwifery)
Pat Colliety Senior Teaching Fellow, Professional Qualification Lead, Director of Studies for NMC
Helen Cowie Emeritus Professor
Hilary Davies Lecturer in Maternal, Child and Family Health
Louise Davies Lead Midwife for Education, Senior Teaching Fellow, Director of Studies for Midwifery
Amy Dopson Teaching Fellow in Children's Nursing
Christine Fisher Teaching Fellow and Pathway Lead in Health Visiting
Faith Gibson Professor of Child Health and Cancer Care
R Greenacre  
Gill Haddock Director of Studies for Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, Pathway Lead in General Practice Nursing, Teaching Fellow
Karen Hughes Head of Continuing Professional Development and Postgraduate Education within Integrated Care, Senior Teaching Fellow
Felicity Jones Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Population Health)
E Langley  
Kathryn Lawton Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Midwifery)
W Marsh  
Lisa McCann Senior Lecturer in Cancer Care, Lead for eHealth
Angela McCormack Postgraduate Researcher 
Fiona McGregor Postgraduate Researcher
Chidiebere Nwolise Postgraduate Researcher
Ihineson Ovebude Teaching Fellow in Adult Nursing
Nadine Page Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Mental Health)
Clare Phillips Postgraduate Researcher
Zoe Polly  
Sarah Roberts Teaching Fellow, Lead for Student Admissions (Health Sciences)
Joanna Rodriguez Senior Teaching Fellow, Director of Studies for IAPT
Clare Royal Teaching Fellow School Nursing
Alison Smith Field Lead in Mental Health Nursing, Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Mental Health)
Jaime Sutherland Teaching Fellow Midwifery
Clive Tobutt Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Mental Health)
Alison Whitehouse Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Children's Nursing)

Recent publications

  • McCann, L, Kearney, N & Wengström, Y. '"It's just going to a new hospital…that's it". Or is it? An Experiential perspective on moving from paediatric to adult cancer services.' Cancer Nursing, Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print]
  • 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? A qualitative investigation with women attending maternity services.' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15:236 doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0672-3
  • Marsh W, Robinson A, Shawe J. (2015) Marsh, W., Robinson, A., Shawe, J (2015) 'Mothers’ experiences of compulsory removal of babies at birth: a review of the evidence. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, Vol 25' (3) pp341-346
  • Allan, Helen T. and Odelius, A. C. and Hunter, B. J. and Bryan, K. B. and Knibb, W. and Shawe, J. (2015) 'Gatekeeping access to the midwifery unit: managing complaints by bending the rules.' Health. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1461-7196