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Women and Child Health

Women and Child Health

  1. A phenomenological study of ‘Older Women’s Experiences of Ageing and Health Related Issues in Ireland’ Contact Dympna Tuohy
  2. A Cochrane systematic review collaborating with academics and practitioners in the UK. The review is looking at: Drugs for epidural anaesthesia: High dose versus low dose opioid epidural regimens for pain relief in labour. Completion date march 2017. Contact Prof Fiona Murphy
  3. An exploration of health care professionals’ experiences of participating in and leading a quality improvement collaborative in clinical practice in the Mid West Region of the Republic of Ireland. Contact Prof Fiona Murphy and/or Maebh Barry and/or Brid O’ Brien
  4. NMPDU funded project to identify research questions to identify local interventions in the Mid-West region to support breastfeeding initiation and duration. Inter-disciplinary collaboration with members of the research sub-group HSE Mid- West Regional Breastfeeding Group. Contact Prof Fiona Murphy and/or Maria Noonan
  5. An exploration of midwives and public health nurses’ knowledge, attitudes and confidence in the provision of perinatal mental healthcare. Contact Maria Noonan
  6. Exploring the nature and impact of concealed pregnancy in contemporary Ireland using grounded theory to assist understanding of the process. This study has been funded via a HRB fellowship and dissemination of the findings is in progress.  Contact Sylvia Murphy Tighe
  7. A qualitative exploration of how midwives' and obstetrician’s perception of risk affects care practices for low-risk women and normal birth Contact Sandra Healy PhD Candidate
  8. A multifaceted exploration of experiences of supporting, supervising and assessing midwifery students in clinical practice, perspectives of students, midwifery lecturers and midwifery preceptors. Contact Carmel Bradshaw
  9. Use of a novel teaching aid for infant CPR skills acquisition in antenatal education supported by on line education, a pilot study. EHS seed funding awarded Contact Maebh Barry, Mark Dixon Paramedic Studies GEMS and Niamh Cummins PHEC
  10. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Lived Experience of Women with Obesity (BMI ≥30kg/m²) of Maternity Care. Contact Sandra Atkinson

Group Members

  1. Carmel Bradshaw (Chair),, (Midwifery competencies, Antenatal care)
  2. Sandra Atkinson, (Healthy weight management, Postnatal issues )
  3. Maebh Barry,, (Antenatal  interventions to support the transition to parenthood)
  4. Sandra Healy, PhD Research student  (Risk perception)
  5. Sylvia Murphy Tighe,, (Concealed pregnancy, Antenatal  education ) HRB Fellowship
  6. Jan McCarthy,, (Neonatal and primary health Care)
  7. Professor Fiona Murphy,
  8. Maria Noonan,, (Perinatal  Mental Health, Midwifery education)

Publications of the Women and Child Health Group 2011-2016


Barry, M., Quinn, C., Bradshaw, C., Brett, M., Noonan, M., Atkinson, S., New, C. (2016) Exploring perinatal death with midwifery students’ using a collaborative art project. Nurse Education Today (In Press)

Barry, M. (2016) Expectant Fathers views of learning Infant CPR as part of their antenatal education classes.  Practising Midwife (In Press).

Breen, S., Bradshaw, C. (2016) Neonatal Tongue Tie: The Effectiveness of Intervention Journal Pediatric Neonatal Care 4 (5):00154. DOI:10.15406/jpnc2016.04.00154

Darra S, Murphy F. Coping and Helping: 'normal' childbirth as described by new mothers and their attending midwives. Midwifery. Accepted for Publication May 2016.

O’Connell, R., Bradshaw, C., (2016) Midwifery education in Ireland – The quest for modernity. Midwifery, 

Healy, S., Humphreys, E. and Kennedy, C. (2016) 'Midwives’ and obstetricians’ perceptions of risk and its impact on clinical practice and decision-making in labour: An integrative review', Women and Birth, 29(2), 107-116.

Jordan S, Murphy FA, Boucher C, Davies S, Brown A, Watkins A, de Lloyd LJ, Morgan M, Collis RE, Morgan G (2016). High dose versus low dose opioid epidural regimens for pain relief in labour [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [Year], Issue [Issue]. April 2016.

Murphy Tighe S Lalor JG (2016) Concealed Pregnancy: a concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing Jan 72 (1) 50-61 doi: 10.1111/jan.12769

Reale E, Noonan M and Bradshaw C (2016) 'An exploration of Midwives ‘Perceptions of Caring for Women with Critical Care Needs in the Labour Ward Setting'. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin, 7 (3).



Barry, M. (2015) An Evaluation of Expectant Parents Knowledge, Satisfaction and Use of a Self- Instructional Infant CPR kit. Midwifery 31, 805-8010

Martins de Oliveira, A.K. and Tuohy, D (2015) 'Communication and nursing: a study abroad student’s reflections'. British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing),



Carolan-Olah, M, Barry, M (2014) 'Antenatal stress: An Irish case study'. Midwifery, 30 :310-316

Noonan, M (2014) 'The use of Mind Maps to prepare students for OSCE assessment'. International Journal of Clinical Skills, 8 (6).



 Barry, M., Bradshaw C., Noonan, M (2013) 'Improving the content and face validity of OSCE assessment marking criteria on an undergraduate midwifery programme: A quality initiative'. Nurse Education in Practice, 13 :477-480.

Barry, M., Murphy Tighe, S. (2013) 'Facilitating effective initiation of breastfeeding - a review of the recent evidence base'. British Journal of Midwifery, 21 (5):312-315.

Bradshaw, Noonan, M, Barry, Atkinson, S (2013) 'Working and learning: Post-registration student midwives' experience of the competency assessment process'. Midwifery, 29 :519-525.

Doody, O. and Noonan, M. (2013) 'Preparing and conducting interviews to collect data'. Nurse researcher, 20 (5):28-32.

Noonan, M. (2013) 'The Ethical considerations associated with group work assessments'. Nurse Education Today, 33 (11):1422-1427.

Noonan, M (2013) 'Mind maps: Enhancing midwifery education'. Nurse Education Today, 33 ((2013)):847-832.

Tuohy, D., Cooney, A., Dowling, M., Murphy, K., and Sixsmith, J. (2013) 'An overview of interpretive phenomenology as a research methodology'. Nurse researcher, 20 (6):17-20.



Barry M, Bradshaw C and Noonan M (2012) 'Improving the content and face validity of OSCE assessment marking criteria on an undergraduate midwifery programme: A quality initiative. '. Nurse Education in Practice,

Barry, Noonan, Bradshaw, Murphy-Tighe, S (2012) 'An exploration of student midwives' experiences of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination assessment process'. Nurse Education Today, 32 :690-694.

Bradshaw, C. O' Connor, M. Egan, G. Tierney, C. Butler, M. P. Fahy, A. Tuohy, D. Cassidy, I. Quillinan, B. Mc Namara, M. (2012) 'Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment in the Mid west region of Ireland'. British Journal of Nursing, 21 (15):923-927.

Carolan, M., Barry, M., Gamble, M., Turner, K., & Mascareñas, Ó. (2012) 'The Limerick Lullaby project: An intervention to relieve prenatal stress'. Midwifery, 28 (2):173-180.

Cassidy, I., Butler, M.P., Quillinan, B., Geraldine Egan, G., Mc Namara, M.C, Tuohy, D., Bradshaw, C., Fahy, A., O’ Connor., Tierney., C (2012) 'Preceptors views of assessing nursing students using a competency based approach'. Nurse Education in Practice, 12 (6):346-351.

Murphy Tighe S, Bradshaw C (2012) 'Peer supported review of teaching: Making the grade in midwifery and nursing education'. Nurse Education Today, 33 (11):1347-1351

Butler M.P., Cassidy I., Quillinan B., Fahy A., Bradshaw C., Tuohy D., O'Connor M., Mc Namara M.C., Egan G., Tierney C. (2011) 'Competency assessment methods - Tool and processes: A survey of nurse preceptors in Ireland'. Nurse Education in Practice, 11 (5):298-303.

Fahy, A., Tuohy, D., Mc Namara, M.C., Butler, M.P., Cassidy, I., Bradshaw, C. (2011) 'Evaluating Clinical Competence Assessment'. Nursing Standard, 25 (50):42-49.










  • Midwifery Practice Development Co-Ordinator, HSE West
  • Director of Centre for Nurse & Midwifery Education
  • Advanced Midwife Practitioner, HSE South East
  • Service User


Chair: Carmel Bradshaw,
Department of Nursing & Midwifery,
University of Limerick