Dr Jennifer Parratt BHlthSci(Nursing Studies)(La Trobe), MMid(USQ), PhD(UoN) Jenny is a registered midwife and fellow of the Australian College of Midwives. She spent fourteen years, until 2002, practicing privately in rural Victoria. From 2000 to 2010 she worked virtually full time as a researcher in the discipline of midwifery. In that time she completed a Masters and a PhD. She has published a book, book chapters and journal articles. Jenny presents at both national and international conferences; she also engages at the international level as an active journal reviewer. Jenny is an active researcher. Her feminist interpretive methods have a firm philosophical foundation which includes drawing ideas from post-structuralism. More recently, she has developed an interest in critical pragmatism as a research methodology. Jenny’s research builds on and contributes to her ongoing professional goal to empower women to have the best possible childbearing experience. Her most recent Participatory Action Research has evolved in response to the negative impact that lack of teamwork skills can have on maternity care outcomes. Jenny evaluated the team-based assessments used in the SCU Bachelor of Midwifery program in 2012, and was involved in the initial development of TeamUP, which occurred in response to this evaluation. Currently she is principal researcher of an Expert Validation into the TeamUP Rubric. On a personal level, Jenny is mother to an adult son and two teenage daughters. She lives in rural Victoria with her partner and youngest daughter. Jenny is a keen cyclist, walker and gardener. She enjoys the arts, learning Italian and travelling.
Increasing breastfeeding rates to six months among nulliparous women: a quasi- experimental study (with Shahla Meedya, Kathleen M. Fahy, and Jacqui Yoxall), Midwifery (2013)
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-phased midwifery...
Midwifery students’ evaluation of team-based academic assignments involving peer-marking (with Kathleen M. Fahy and Carolyn R. Hastie), Women and Birth (2013)
Background: Midwives should be skilled team workers in maternity units and in group practices. Poor...
A feminist critique of foundational nursing research and theory on transition to motherhood (with Kathleen Fahy), Midwifery (2011)
Question: is using ‘transition to motherhood theory’ the best way to guide midwives in providing...
Review of 'Advancing skills in midwifery practice' by JE Marshall & MD Raynor (eds), Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2010, Women and Birth (2011)
Review of 'Diary of a first time mum: an uncensored account of all the stuff that really happens' by N Hall, Finch publishing, Sydney, 2009, Women and Birth (2010)
‘Feelings of Change’ is a collection of stories told by fourteen Australian women having their...
Planned home births in Victoria, Australia 1995 - 1998 (with A Sprague and Joy Johnston), (2001)
Birth territory: a theory for midwifery practice (with Kathleen Fahy, Maralyn Foureur, and Carolyn R. Hastie), Theory of midwifery practice (2011)
Territories of the self and spiritual practices during childbirth, Birth territory and midwifery guardianship: theory for practice, education and research (2008)
Feeling like a genius: enhancing women's changing embodied self during first childbearing, PhD thesis, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW (2010)
Background: The traditional way of considering childbearing change has been to conceptualise the role of...
Trusting enough to be out of control the impact of childbirth experiences on women's sense of self, Masters thesis University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld. (2000)
The majority of Australian women experience childbirth within a model of care that exerts a...
Learning to collaborate: midwifery students’ evaluation of team-based academic assignments (with Carolyn R. Hastie and Kathleen M. Fahy), 18th Biennial Australian College of Midwives National Conference (2013)
Effective collaboration is essential for optimal maternity care provision and is expected of all midwifery...
Using an assessment rubric to develop and assess teamwork skills in midwifery students (with Carolyn R. Hastie and Kathleen M. Fahy), 18th Biennial Australian College of Midwives National Conference (2013)
Poor teamwork is one of the top five causes of adverse events in health care...
Feeling like a genius: enhancing women's changing embodied self during first childbearing, Normal Labour and Birth 5th International Research Conference (2010)
Genius birth: optimising women’s birth experience, Optimising childbearing (2009)