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Childbearing, Children and Young People

Our goals are to transform and shape policy and practice.

At the Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research, we undertake innovative research to develop knowledge, evaluate effectiveness and implement change in healthcare through interventions, treatments and knowledge.

Research group goals:

  • The goal of the program is to discover and implement ways to improve the care and experience of childbearing women and their families through pregnancy and postpartum up to the age of 18 years.
  • The program aims to positively impact local, national and international practice in midwifery, children and young people.

Please view the sections below for a list of our projects and publications.


  • Abu Sheikh, B., Arabiat, D., Holmes, S., Khader, Y., D. Hiyasat, D., Collyer, D. & Sheikh, A. (2017) Correlates of treatment satisfaction and wellbeing among patients with type II diabetes. International Nursing Review.
  • Adama, E., Bayes, S. & Sundin, D. Parents' experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge with grandmothers as their main support. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  • Arabiat, D., Collyer, D., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A. & Darawad, M. The Impact of a Mother's Emotional Strains and Disclosure of Cancer on Her Child's Defensiveness and Adjustment to Cancer. Cancer Nursing.
  • Darawad, M., Hamdan-Mansour, A., Khalil, A., Arabiat, D., Samarkandi, O. & Alhussami, M. (2017) Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale: Validation of the Arabic Version Among Jordanians With Chronic Diseases. Clinical Nursing Research.
  • Doyle, L., & Geraghty, S. (2017). Bugs, babies and birthing: midwifery management of sepsis. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’ Health, 11(1).
  • Hamdan-Mansour, A., Al-Sagarat, A., AL-Sarayreh, F., Nawafleh, H. & Arabiat, D. (2017) Prevalence and correlates of substance use among psychiatric inpatients. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care.
  • De Leo, A., & Geraghty, S. (2017) Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour. The Practising Midwife, 20(3), ePub online.
  • Geraghty, S., Davison, C. Sun Safety: The Midwife's Role. British Journal of Midwifery.
  • Knol, F., & Geraghty, S. Midwifery students and routine discussion of birth experience in the early postnatal period in hospital. British Journal of Midwifery.
  • Nel, S. & Geraghty, S. Domperidone as a galactagogue: A case for approval? Nurse prescribing, 15(6).
  • Wright, C., & Geraghty, S. (2017). Uterotonics for postpartum haemorrhage. Nurse prescribing, 15(1).


  • AbuQamer, M., and Arabiat, D., Holmes, S. Parents Perceived Satisfaction of Care,Communication and Environment of The Pediatric Intensive Care Units at atertiary children's hospital. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. DOI:
  • Bayes, S., and Ewens, B. (2016). Registered Nurses’ experiences of caring for pregnant and postpartum women in general hospital settings: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative data. Journal of Clinical Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13524
  • De Leo, A., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Thalassemia in Pregnancy: Contemporary care for a timeless disease. British Journal of Midwifery, 24(8), 2 – 7.
  • Doyle, L., Geraghty, S. & Folan, M. (2016). Epilepsy in pregnancy: Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The British Journal of Midwifery, 24(12).
  • Doyle, L., Geraghty, S., & Folan, M. Dec 2016 Epilepsy in pregnancy: Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The British Journal of Midwifery, 24(12).
  • Foster, M., Whitehead, L., Maybee, P. The Parents,Hospitalised Childs, and Health Care Providers Perceptions and Experiences ofFamily-Centered Care within a Pediatric Critical Care Setting: A Synthesis of QuantitativeResearch Journal of Family Nursing· DOI: 10.1177/1074840715618193.
  • Geraghty S., Godwin H. Evaluating postgraduate midwiferystudents experiences of a model of blended learning. British Journal ofMidwifery MA Healthcare Vol: 24 Issue: 1 Pages: 60 – 63.
  • Hauck, Y., Fisher, C., Byrne, J. & Bayes, S. (2016). Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education: incorporating adult and experiential learning with mindfulness based stress reduction in childbirth education. Journal of Perinatal Education, 25(3), 162-173.
  • Kim, H.M., & Geraghty, S. Yummy Mummies’: Exploringsexuality in the antenatal and postnatal period. Nurse Education in Practice.
  • Matar, E., Arabiat, D., Foster, M. OralGlucose Efficacy on Neoat’s Pain Responses in the NICU: A Quasi ExperimentalTrial for Two Clinical Procedures Journal of Applied Nursing Research. DOI:
  • Matar, E. & Arabiat, D. (2016) Oral Glucose Efficacy on Neoat’s Pain Responses at the NICU: A Qausi Experimental Trial of Two Clinical Procedures. Journal of Applied Nursing Research. 32: 36-40.
  • Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., Towell, A. Adolescent mothers' use of social networkingsites creating positive mental health outcomes [online]. Australian Nursing andMidwifery Journal, Vol. 23, No. 11, Jun 2016.
  • Rive, L., & Geraghty, S. (2016). Asthma in pregnancy – a clinical update. The Practising Midwife, 19(9), 16-19.
  • Wright, C., Geraghty, S. (2016).  Mind over Matter: Inside Hypnobirthing. A Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopathology, 18(4).


  • Abdelkader, R., Arabiat, D., Holmes, SL.,Hamdan-Mansour, A. (2015). Socio‑demographic correlates ofparents’ participation in care of a hospitalized child: Aperspective from a developing country. Journal of Child Health Care. DOI:10.1177/1367493515598650.
  • Arabiat D., Hamdan-Mansour AM. Al Jabery MA., Wardam L.,Altamimi A (2015). Measuring Care Needs of Parents of Children with Cancer:Psychometric Properties of the FIN-PED II Arabic Version. Journal of NursingMeasurement. 23(2): 255 - 270.
  • Bayes S, Collyer D, Dobbs K, Walsh L (2015). Australian midwiferystudents’ views about profession-specific peer mentoring eCULTURE, 7(1).
  • Bicheno, S., & Geraghty, S. (2015). Exploring theissue of Group B Streptococcus in Pregnancy. International Journal ofChildbirth, 5(4), 1 - 5.
  • Collyer, D. (2015). Australian Midwifery Students’ Views aboutProfession Specific Peer Mentoring. eCULTURE, 7(1).
  • Davison C, Hauck Y, Bayes S, Kuliukas L, Wood J (2015). Therelationship is everything: Women’s reasons for choosing a privately practisingmidwife in Western Australia. Midwifery 31 (8) 772 - 778.
  • Geraghty, S. (2015). ‘Reaching out: caring for women prisonersin Western Australia’. The Practising Midwife, 18(1), 26 - 28.
  • Geraghty, S., Bayes, S., & Hart, A. (2015). African immigrants’ parents’understanding of their teenager’s newly diagnosed diabetes status in WesternAustralia. Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, 22(11), 39.
  • Geraghty, S., Godwin, H., Oliver,K. (2015). Discussion paper – A Little Ray of Sunshine: A Clinical Updatefor Health Visitors. Journal of Health Visiting Volume 3, Issue 6.
  • Geraghty, S., Godwin, H., & Oliver, K. (2015). Balancing the risks and benefits of sun exposurefor infants: Skin protection and Vitamin D uptake. Journal of Health Visiting,3(6), 314 - 320.
  • Geraghty, S., & Oliver, K. (2015). Is work-related stressaffecting nurses and midwives? Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal,23(3), 32.
  • Geraghty, S., & Lauva, M. (2015). Keeping the Shining RoadsOpen: Intuition in Midwifery Practice. The Practising Midwife, 18(10), 1 - 4.
  • Grier, G., & Geraghty, S. (2015). Intimate partner violenceand pregnancy: How midwives can listen to silenced women. The British Journalof Midwifery, 23(6), 164 -168.
  • Grier, G., & Geraghty, S. (2015). ‘Mind Matters:Developing skills and knowledge in postnatal depression’. The British Journalof Midwifery, 23(2), 10 - 14.
  • Hauck Y, Lewis L, Bayes S, Keyes L (2015). ResearchCapacity Building in Midwifery: A case study of an Australian graduatemidwifery research intern program. Women and Birth 28 (3), p. 259 - 263.


  • Esther Adama: "Parents experiences ofcaring for preterm infants after discharge"
  • Diane Bloxsome: "Why do WA Midwives stay inMidwifery: A phenomenological investigation."
  • Louise Keys: "West Australian Midwives' Experiences of Implementing Evidence-Based Change: A Grounded Theory Study."
  • Sara Morris: Aug 2017 - PhD Integrated, Breech in conduct: The impact of the Term Breech Trial on vaginal breech birth in Western Australia.
  • Krystyl Wissemann: Aug 2017 - PhD Integrated, Exploring Western Australian midwives’ perspectives on vaginal seeding and the impact on their practice.
  • Yakubu Ismaila: Sept 2016 - PhD Publication, Factors affecting the delivery of quality maternity care in Ghana: A Glaserian Grounded Theory study.
  • Sara Davis: July 2017 - PhD Integrated, Midwifery Topic
  • Heba Farajallah: July 2017 - PhD, Palestinian Midwives’ evaluation of their practice environment and its impact on their intention to stay in their job and the midwifery profession.

Master by Research

  • Isabel Lester: July 2017 - Masters by Research, Midwifery Topic.

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