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.

Journal articles


Midwifery students’ evaluation of team-based academic assignments involving peer-marking (with Kathleen M. Fahy and Carolyn R. Hastie), Women and Birth (2014)

Background: Midwives should be skilled team workers in maternity units and in group practices. Poor...



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...



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...



Feelings of change: stories of having a baby, (2009)

‘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)

Book chapters

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)

Midwives’ honest accountability optimises women’s childbearing, 16th Biennial Australian College of Midwives National Conference (2009)