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Ms. Sylvia Murphy Tighe


I am a general nurse, midwife and public health nurse. I was awarded a Research Training Fellowship by the Health Research Board (2013-2016) to explore the nature and impact of concealed pregnancy. I am currently the Course Director BSc Midwifery programme. My research interests lie in maternal and child health, vulnerable populations, community and primary healthcare and concealed pregnancy.

Research Interests

Maternal & Child Health
Concealed Pregnancy-Doctoral Research
Antenatal Education & Parenthood
Primary Health Care
Health Inequalities & Social Justice

Anyone interested in undertaking Masters or Doctoral research please email me at
Coercive control and concealed pregnancy
Domestic violence and maternity care
Antenatal Education

Teaching Interests

NM4231 Midwifery Care in Pregnancy I teach this module to first year students.
NS4072 Midwifery Practice & Normal Birth: I teach this module to first year students.

NS4074 Preparation for Parenthood: I teach this module to fourth year midwifery students
NS6041 Health Promotion for Nurses and Midwives at postgraduate level

Professional Activities


  • 2013 Trinity College Dublin - HRB Research Fellow


  • 2006 Expert Advisory Group for Children -HSE,
  • Institute of Community Health Nursing,


  • 1994 - Magennis Medal


  • I am currently a member of the Community Midwifery Committee working to establish a community midwifery service at UMHL. I am a committee member of the Health Fusion Team Challenge working on inter-professional education. I was a committee member of a ULCommunity Education Group working with the Regneration Area of St Mary's Parish. The C Well Project is aimed at building capacity around health and lifeskills through education 2012-2013


Conference Publication


BASPCAN Congress Edinburgh
Murphy Tighe S, Lalor JG


Other Journal


A hidden trauma
Murphy Tighe S Lalor JG
The World of irish Nursing and Midwifery


Prevention is Everything
Tighe, SM
World of Irish Nursing

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal


Book Review The Oxford Handbook of Perinatal Psychology
Murphy Tighe S
Journal Of Reproductive And Infant Psychology


Book Review Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders
Murphy Tighe S
British Journal Of Midwifery


Concealed Pregnancy: A Concept Analysis
Murphy Tighe S, Lalor JG
Journal Of Advanced Nursing


An exploration of student midwives' experiences of the OSCE assessment process
Barry, M., Noonan, M., Bradshaw, C., Murphy Tighe, S
Nurse Education Today DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.09.007.


An exploration of student midwives' experiences of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination assessment process
Barry, M., Noonan, M., Bradshaw, C., Murphy Tighe, S.
Nurse Education Today


An exploration of the attitudes of attendees and non-attendees towrads antenatal education
S Murphy Tighe
National Institute Of Health Sciences Research Bulletin