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Associate Professor Sara Bayes

Dr Sara Bayes is the Associate Professor, Midwifery and Director, Midwifery Studies. Sara leads the design, delivery and quality assurance of ECU’s midwifery courses. She also has oversight of midwifery practice research and midwifery research training.

Current Teaching

  • MID6104: Midwifery Cultural Studies.


Following several years’ practice as a nurse in general and specialist palliative care settings in the UK and Australia, Sara qualified as a Registered Midwife in Australia in 2002. She has since worked clinically in a range of maternity settings and models of care, including in private practice supporting women to birth at home.

Sara became involved in midwifery education in 2006 and since then has undertaken a variety of roles in that context including lecturer, tutor, unit coordinator, course coordinator, program director and program developer/professional accreditation lead.

Sara completed her PhD in 2010, after which she spent two years in the UK as a post-doctoral fellow with the National Institute of Health Research developing and refining research implementation (knowledge translation) methodologies. Sara continues to teach in the ECU midwifery courses and conducts original research; she also supervises MRes and PhD students undertaking research on midwifery and maternity care topics.

Professional Associations

  • Australian College of Midwives.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Closure of the midwifery evidence-practice gap.
  • Midwifery workforce issues.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2010.
  • Master of Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, 2008.
  • Post Grad Diploma in Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, 2008.
  • Diploma in Nursing, England, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development, testing, implementation and evaluation of a graduate mentoring program to optimise the likelihood of midwife retention in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Nursing and Midwifery Office Grant,  2020 - 2022,  $218,306.
  • From Research to Practice: the development, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to integrate exercise into standard of care for people with cancer,  Genesis Cancer Care Pty Ltd,  Genesis Cancer Care - Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $10,000.
  • What is included in Australian maternity services’ antenatal education program curricula and how do they compare with evidence based recommendations?,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2020,  $3,550.
  • Better together: Supporting perinatal and infant mental health services,  WA Primary Health Alliance,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $230,000.
  • The Impact of Direct Caregiver Professional Identity Midwifery on Three Maternity Indicators,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $9,636.
  • Midwifery Change Leaders' Experience of Introducing Clinical Innovation: A Grounded Theory Study,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $26,000.
  • Developing a Set of Midwifery-Sensitive Patient Outcome Indicators: A Delphi Study,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $38,253.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bloxsome, D., Bayes, S., Ireson, D., (2020), “I love being a midwife; it's who I am": A Glaserian Grounded Theory Study of why midwives stay in midwifery. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(1-2), 208-220, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15078.
  • Kuliukas, L., Bayes, S., Geraghty, S., Bradfield, Z., Davison, C., (2020), Graduating midwifery students’ preferred model of practice and first job decisions: A qualitative study. Women and Birth, Online(In Press), online, Australia, DOI:
  • Kennedy, M., Bayes, S., Galvao, D., Singh, F., Spry, N., Davis, M., Chee, R., Zissiadis, Y., Hart, N., Taaffe, D., Newton, R., (2020), If you build it, will they come? Evaluation of a co-located exercise clinic and cancer treatment centre using the RE-AIM framework. European Journal of Cancer Care, 29(4), Article number e13251, DOI: 10.1111/ecc.13251.
  • Kennedy, M., Bayes, S., Newton, R., Zissiadis, Y., Spry, N., Taaffe, D., Hart, N., Davis, M., Eiszele, A., Galvao, D., (2020), We have the program, what now? Development of an implementation plan to bridge the research-practice gap prevalent in exercise oncology. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, x(x), xx-xx.
  • Doleman, G., Twigg, D., Bayes, S., (2020), A comparison of middle managers' and paediatric nurses' satisfaction with organisational communication. World of Information Business Intelligence Reports. Albania, 1-10, DOI: DOI: 10.1111/jonm.13064.
  • McCullough, K., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., Williams, A., Cope, V., (2020), The delivery of Primary Health Care in remote communities: A Grounded Theory study of the perspective of nurses. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 102(February 2020), Article number 103474, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI:
  • Ismaila, Y., Bayes, S., Geraghty, S., (2019), “Doing Magic With Very Little”: Barriers to Ghanaian Midwives' Ability to Provide Quality. International Journal of Childbirth, 9(4), 211–224, DOI: 10.1891/IJCBIRTH-D-19-00028.
  • De Leo, A., Bayes, S., Geraghty, S., Butt, J., (2019), Midwives' use of best available evidence in practice: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(23-24), 4225-4235, Australia, DOI:
  • Bayes, S., Juggins, E., Whitehead, L., De Leo, A., (2019), Australian midwives’ experiences of implementing practice change. Midwifery, 70(March 2019), 38-45, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.12.012.
  • Geraghty, S., Speelman, C., Bayes, S., (2019), Fighting a losing battle: Midwives experiences of workplace stress. Women and Birth, 32(3), e297-e306, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.07.012.
  • Bloxsome, D., Ireson, D., Doleman, G., Bayes, S., (2019), Factors associated with midwives’ job satisfaction and intention to stay in the profession: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(3-4), 386-399, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14651.
  • Wang, C., Zhu, R., Ge, L., Tufanaru, C., Bayes, S., De Jong, G., (2018), Effectiveness of acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for women with postnatal depression: a systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 16(11), 2080-2084, DOI: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003719.
  • Adama, E., Bayes, S., Sundin, D., (2018), Parents’ experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge with grandmothers as their main support. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(17-18), 3377-3386, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13868.
  • Bayes, S., Ewens, B., (2017), 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, 26(5-6), 599-608, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13524.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), Global mobility in nursing: Why Chinese students leave to study nursing in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(11), 51-61, Ontario, Canada, Sciedu Press, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n11p51.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), “They are friendly but they don’t want to be friends with you”: A narrative inquiry into Chinese nursing students’ learning experience in Australia. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7(8), 27, DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v7n8p27.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2017), The real ‘cost’ of study in Australia and the ramifications for China, Australia, and the Chinese nursing students: what do these three players want? A narrative review. Globalization Societies and Education, 15(5), 590-606, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2016.1195727.
  • Adama, E., Sundin, D., Bayes, S., (2017), Ghanaian fathers' experiences of caring for preterm infants; a journey of exclusion. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 23(6), 275-281, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2017.05.003.
  • Nicholls, S., Hauck, YL., Bayes, S., Butt, J., (2016), Exploring midwives' perception of confidence around facilitating water birth in Western Australia: A qualitative descriptive study. Midwifery, 33(1 February 2016), 73-81, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.10.010.
  • Bayes, S., Fenwick, J., Jennings, D., (2016), Readiness for practice change: Evaluation of a tool for the Australian midwifery context. Women and Birth, 29(3), 240-244, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.11.001.
  • Adama, E., Bayes, S., Sundin, D., (2016), Parents' experiences of caring for preterm infants after discharge from neonatal intensive care unit: A meta-synthesis of the literature. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 22(1), 27-51, London, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2015.07.006.
  • Wang, C., Whitehead, L., Bayes, S., (2016), Nursing education in China: Meeting the global demand for quality healthcare. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 3(1), 131-136, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2016.02.009.
  • Adama, E., Sundin, D., Bayes, S., (2016), Exploring the sociocultural aspect of narrative inquiry: A dynamic nursing research methodology. Clinical Nursing Studies, 4(4), 1-8, DOI: 10.5430/cns.v4n4p1.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1891/1058-1243.25.3.162.
  • Davison, C., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S., Kuliukas, L., Wood, J., (2015), The relationship is everything: Women’s reasons for choosing a privately practising midwife in Western Australia. Midwifery, 31(8), 772-778, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.04.012.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Bayes, S., Keyes, L., (2015), Research capacity building in midwifery: A case study of an Australian graduate midwifery research intern program. Women and Birth, 28(3), 259-263, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.02.005.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A qualitative study into the communication surrounding the initiation and withdrawal of non-invasive ventilation (niv) in people with motor neurone disease
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  "I love being a midwife; it's who I am": A Glaserian grounded theory study of why midwives stay in midwifery

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Having a known, trusted support person during labour and birth: Perceptions of Indonesian (javanese) women, their support person and midwives
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Ghanaian parents' experiences of caring for their preterm infants after discharge from the neonatal unit-a narrative inquiry study
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'Fighting a losing battle': A Glaserian grounded theory of midwives' workplace stress
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The delivery of primary health care in remote Australian communities: A grounded theory study of the perspective of nurses
  • A qualitative descriptive study exploring the perception of confidence within midwives facilitating water birth in Western Australia.
  • The Relationship is Everything: Women?s Reasons for and Experience of Maternity Care with a Privately Practising Midwife in Western Australia.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Chinese nursing students at Australian universities: A narrative inquiry into their motivation, learning experience and future career planning
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The impact of communication satisfaction on paediatric nurses' job satisfaction and intention to stay
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