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Professor Christine McCourt

Professor of Maternal and Child Health

School of Health Sciences, Division of Midwifery & Radiography

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Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Overview

Christine is Professor of Maternal and Child Health, School of Health Sciences, where she is joint research lead in the Centre for Research in Maternal and Child Health and Senior Tutor for Research. She teaches at Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral level as well as conducting and supporting a range of research projects. Her key interests are in maternity and women's health, with particular interests in institutions and service change and reform, on women's experiences of childbirth and maternity care and in the culture and organisation of maternity care. She has worked over a number of years on applying anthropological theory and methodology to studying 'western' healthcare and she is also the managing editor of the international journal on applied anthropology, Anthropology in Action.

Christine initially worked and studied at the London School of Economics where her degree and PhD were in anthropology. Her key interest at doctoral level was in applying anthropological theory and methodology to studying 'western' healthcare.  After working at Brunel University and then as a senior researcher for Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, she moved to Thames Valley University where was Professor of Anthropology and Health and Head of the Centre for Research in Midwifery and Childbirth. She joined City University's School of Health Sciences in 2010. Her main area of work has been on maternity and women's health, with particular interests in institutions and service change and reform, on women's experiences of childbirth and maternity care and in the culture and organisation of maternity care.

Qualifications

PhD; BA

Administrative roles / Clinical activity

- International Congress of Midwives (ICM) expert research panel
- Scientific Committee for Normal Birth International Conference, ICM biennial conference.
- Member of school Research Committee and Research Degrees Committee
- Senior tutor for research, division of early years.

Memberships of professional bodies

- Association of Social Anthropologists
- Royal Anthropological Institute

Research

Research overview

- Ethnographic methodology
- Research on institutions and institutional change
- Maternal and infant health
- Health Professions and Professionalisation
- Access to health care
- Rural and remote access to care
- Ethnicity and health
- Place of Birth
- Users' experiences of healthcare
- Professionals' experiences of healthcare work

Research areas

Application of anthropological theory and methodology to studying 'western' healthcare ; Maternal and child health; Health policy; Institutions and service change and reform; Women's experiences of childbirth and maternity care; Culture and organisation of maternity care; Concepts of quality and safety, cultural safety and experiences of minority ethnic groups.

Completed research

Infant Feeding in Tower Hamlets Project (FIT study) Tower Hamlets Public Health.

An Organisational Study of Alongside-Midwife-Units, NIHR HS&DR Programme. Principal Investigator.

Birthplace in England Research Programme. DH Policy Research Programme and NIHR HS&DR Programme. Co-investigator.

Evaluation of the Scottish Government's KCND initiative. Chief Scientist Office for Scotland. Project advisor.

Pilot study of home blood pressure monitoring in pregnancy. National School of Primary Care Research. Co-investigator.

Field Testing and pilot studies of the KBN (Keeping Birth Normal) project. Barts and the London Charity and NIHR CLRN.

Initial and follow-up evaluations of One-to-One Midwifery: major research programme including economic study, clinical study, ethnographic study of professionals, study of women's responses to care, in-depth qualitative analysis of the experiences of minority ethnic women and observation study of midwife/client interaction. Project management and co-ordination, lead researcher on study of women's responses to care, study of communication and supervisor for doctoral study of professional responses. Funded by DoH/Johson & Johnson Foundation, EHH Health Authority, Smith and Nephew Fellowship & HAS Charitable Trust (for PhD student). 1994-1998.

Evaluation of the implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative and support for breastfeeding mothers. Funded by DoH Infant Feeding Initiative.

Exploratory study of women's and professionals' awareness, experience and attitudes towards water-birth and towards participation in a possible clinical trial. No external funding.

Establishing priorities in primary and maternity care. Funded by NHSE London.; Evaluation of a 'virtual' decision making process for research and development commissioning. Funded by NHSE London.

Alternative Labour Pain Strategies (Feasibility Study and Pilot RCT). Funded by Oxfordshire Health Services Research Committee & Sir Halley Stewart Trust.

Evaluation of Midwifery Group Practice in a multi-ethnic area. Funded by WeLReN.

Evaluation of Midwifery Group Practice in a multi-ethnic area. Save the Baby Fund 2005-6.

Research centres

- Centre for Research in Maternal and Child Health

Principal collaborators

- Professor Jane Sandall, Kings College London
- Dr Jennifer Hollowell, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit
- Professor Helen Cheyne, NMAHP research unit, University of Stirling
- Professor Peter Brocklehurst, University College London

Fellows

- Dr. Juliet Rayment
- Dr. Camilla Schneck, Leverhulme visiting fellow, University Sao Paolo, Brazil

Research Students

Name
Cassandra Yuill
Attendance
Oct 2016 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
Places of birth: a study of information, choice and outcomes in a maternity context
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Florence Darling
Attendance
Oct 2016 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
To what extent do healthcare professionals in obstetric-led units use evidenced-informed skills as intended to reduce unnecessary interventions in the intrapartum care of low risk women and what influences their practice?
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Giordana Pinheiro Da Motta
Attendance
Feb 2015 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
Development of a strategy to provide postnatal care in a group-based model for implementation in socially disadvantaged communities
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Susan Bradley
Attendance
Oct 2014 – present, full-time
Thesis Title
Midwives’ perspectives on the practice, impact and challenges of delivering respectful obstetric care in Malawi
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Sarah Bekaert
Thesis Title
Teenage parenthood shortly after termination of pregnancy
Further Information
Advisor
Name
Agatha Bula
Thesis Title
Supporting exclusive breastfeeding amongst HIV positive women in Malawi
Name
Ghada Ibrahim
Thesis Title
Maternity morbidity and access to maternity care in Sudan
Name
Roa Altaweli
Thesis Title
Exploration of factors influencing evidence-based practice in the second stage of labour in Saudi Arabia.
Name
Jackie Baxter
Thesis Title
Improving the quality of postnatal care in the UK
Name
Gayle Clifford
Thesis Title
Mothers with HIV in Jamaica and the issue of disclosure to their HIV negative children
Name
Zahra Ghaffari
Thesis Title
Socially disadvantaged women's access to choice of place of birth. External supervisor
Role
1st Supervisor
Name
Louise Hunter
Thesis Title
Designing and testing an intervention to support adolescent mothers breastfeeding
Further Information
External Supervisor
Name
Claudia Oblasser
Thesis Title
Vaginal cones or balls to improve pelvic floor muscle performance and urinary continence in women post partum: A pilot randomised controlled trial
Further Information
Claudia Oblasser
Name
Susan Bradley
Thesis Title
Midwives' perspectives on the practice, impact and challenges of delivering respectful obstetric care in Malawi
Name
Giordana Da Motta
Thesis Title
Learning strategies to improve access to and experience of antenatal and postpartum care for implementation in socially disadvantaged communities
Name
Lucia Rocca
Thesis Title
The Barkantine Birth Centre: an ethnographic study

Publications

  1. Rowe, R.E., Townend, J., Brocklehurst, P., Knight, M., Macfarlane, A., McCourt, C., Newburn, M., Redshaw, M., Sandall, J., Silverton, L. and Hollowell, J. (2013). Duration and urgency of transfer in births planned at home and in freestanding midwifery units in England: Secondary analysis of the birthplace national prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13 . doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-224.
  2. Rance, S., McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Mackintosh, N., Carter, W., Watson, K. and Sandall, J. (2013). Women's safety alerts in maternity care: is speaking up enough? BMJ Quality and Safety . doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001295.
  3. McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Rance, S. and Sandall, J. (2012). Organisational strategies and midwives' readiness to provide care for out of hospital births: An analysis from the Birthplace organisational case studies. Midwifery, 28(5), pp. 636–645.
  4. Schmied, V., Beake, S., Sheehan, A., McCourt, C. and Dykes, F. (2011). Women's Perceptions and Experiences of Breastfeeding Support: A Metasynthesis. Birth, 38(1), pp. 49–60. doi:10.1111/j.1523-536X.2010.00446.x.
  5. Brocklehurst, P., Puddicombe, D., Hollowell, J., Stewart, M., Linsell, L., Macfarlane, A.J. and McCourt, C. (2011). Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal, 343 . doi:10.1136/bmj.d7400.

Book

  1. McCourt, C. (Ed.), (2009). Childbirth, Midwifery and Concepts of Time. Oxford: Berghahn Books

Chapters (7)

  1. McCourt, C. (2010). How Midwives Should Organise to Provide Intrapartum Care. In Walsh, D. and Downe, S. (Eds.), Essential Midwifery in Practice: Intrapartum Care (pp. 253–274).
  2. McCourt, C. and Bastos, M.H. (2009). Morbidity during the postnatal period: Impact on women and society. In Byrom, S., Edwards, G. and Bick, D. (Eds.), Essential Midwifery Practice: Postnatal Care
  3. McCourt, C. and Hashimoto, N. (2009). From 'to learn' to 'to know': women's embodied knowledge of breastfeeding in Japan. In Dykes, F. and Hall-Moran, V. (Eds.), Infant and Young Child Feeding: Challenges to implementing a global strategy Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  4. McCourt, C. (2009). Social Support and Childbirth. In Squire, C. (Ed.), The Social Context of Birth Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  5. McCourt, C. and Stevens, T. (2008). Relationship and Reciprocity in Caseload Midwifery. In Deery, R. and Hunter, B. (Eds.), Emotional work in midwifery and reproduction Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  6. McCourt, C. and Downe, S. (2008). From being to becoming: reconstructing childbirth knowledges. In Downe, S. (Ed.), Normal Birth: evidence and debate. Oxford: Elsevier.
  7. McCourt, C., Stevens, T., Sandall, J. and Brodie, P. (2006). McCourt C, Stevens T, Sandall J & Brodie P. Working with women: developing continuity of care in practice. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2006. p. 141-165. In Page, L. and McCandlish, R. (Eds.), The New Midwifery: Science and Sensitivity in Practice. (pp. 141–165). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Journal Articles (74)

  1. Walsh, D., Spiby, H., Grigg, C.P., Dodwell, M., McCourt, C., Culley, L., Bishop, S., Wilkinson, J., Coleby, D., Pacanowski, L., Thornton, J. and Byers, S. (2017). Mapping midwifery and obstetric units in England. Midwifery, 56, pp. 9–16. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2017.09.009.
  2. Scamell, M., Altaweli, R. and McCourt, C. (2017). Sarah's birth. How the medicalisation of childbirth may be shaped in different settings: Vignette from a study of routine intervention in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Women and Birth, 30(1), pp. e39–e45. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2016.08.002.
  3. McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Rance, S. and Sandall, J. (2016). Place of birth and concepts of wellbeing an analysis from two ethnographic studies of midwifery units in England. Anthropology in Action, 23(3), pp. 17–29. doi:10.3167/aia.2016.230303.
  4. Bradley, S., McCourt, C., Rayment, J. and Parmar, D. (2016). Disrespectful intrapartum care during facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of women's perceptions and experiences. Social Science and Medicine, 169, pp. 157–170. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.09.039.
  5. Dencker, A., Premberg, Å., Olander, E.K., McCourt, C., Haby, K., Dencker, S., Glantz, A. and Berg, M. (2016). Adopting a healthy lifestyle when pregnant and obese - an interview study three years after childbirth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1) . doi:10.1186/s12884-016-0969-x.
  6. Oblasser, C., McCourt, C. and Hanzal, E. (2016). Vibrating vaginal balls to improve pelvic floor muscle performance in women after childbirth: Preliminary results (recruitment and survey) of a randomised controlled feasibility trial. Journal of Midwifery Science, 4(Supplement 1) .
  7. Hollowell, J., Rowe, R., Townend, J., Knight, M., Li, Y., Linsell, L., Redshaw, M., Brocklehurst, P., Macfarlane, A., Marlow, N., McCourt, C., Newburn, M., Sandall, J. and Silverton, L. (2015). The Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study: further analyses to enhance policy and service delivery decision-making for planned place of birth. Health Services and Delivery Research, 3(36), pp. 1–264. doi:10.3310/hsdr03360.
  8. Rayment, J., McCourt, C., Rance, S. and Sandall, J. (2015). What makes alongside midwifery-led units work? Lessons from a national research project. The practising midwife, 18(6), pp. 31–33.
  9. Oblasser, C., Christie, J. and Mccourt, C. (2015). Vaginal cones or balls to improve pelvic floor muscle performance and urinary continence in women postpartum: A quantitative systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(4), pp. 933–941. doi:10.1111/jan.12566.
  10. Hunter, L., Magill-Cuerden, J. and McCourt, C. (2015). Disempowered, passive and isolated: how teenage mothers' postnatal inpatient experiences in the UK impact on the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. MATERNAL AND CHILD NUTRITION, 11(1), pp. 47–58. doi:10.1111/mcn.12150.
  11. Li, Y., Townend, J., Rowe, R., Brocklehurst, P., Knight, M., Linsell, L., Macfarlane, A., Mccourt, C., Newburn, M., Marlow, N., Pasupathy, D., Redshaw, M., Sandall, J., Silverton, L. and Hollowell, J. (2015). Perinatal and maternal outcomes in planned home and obstetric unit births in women at 'higher risk' of complications: Secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology . doi:10.1111/1471-0528.13283.
  12. Olander, E.K., Berg, M., McCourt, C., Carlström, E. and Dencker, A. (2015). Person-centred care in interventions to limit weight gain in pregnant women with obesity - a systematic review. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 15, p. 50. doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0463-x.
  13. Oblasser, C., Christie, J. and McCourt, C. (2015). Vaginal cones or balls to improve pelvic floor muscle performance and urinary continence in women post partum: A quantitative systematic review. Midwifery, 31(11), pp. 1017–1025. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2015.08.011.
  14. Hunter, L., Magill-Cuerden, J. and McCourt, C. (2015). 'Oh no, no, no, we haven't got time to be doing that': Challenges encountered introducing a breast-feeding support intervention on a postnatal ward. Midwifery, 31(8), pp. 798–804. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2015.03.006.
  15. Oblasser, C., Mccourt, C., Hanzal, E. and Christie, J. (2015). Vibrating vaginal balls to improve pelvic floor muscle performance in women after childbirth: A protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(4), pp. 900–914. doi:10.1111/jan.12868.
  16. (2015). Bangladeshi women's experiences of infant feeding in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Maternal and Child Nutrition . doi:10.1111/mcn.12169.
  17. Hodgkinson, J.A., Tucker, K.L., Crawford, C., Greenfield, S.M., Heneghan, C., Hinton, L., Khan, K., Locock, L., Mackillop, L., McCourt, C., Selwood, M. and McManus, R.J. (2014). Is self monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy safe and effective? BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 349 . doi:10.1136/bmj.g6616.
  18. McCourt, C. (2014). Information provision for screening programmes requires a complex, person-centred approach. BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 121(11), p. 1430.
  19. Gagnon, A.J., De Bruyn, R., Essén, B., Gissler, M., Heaman, M., Jeambey, Z., Korfker, D., McCourt, C., Roth, C., Zeitlin, J., Small, R., Alexander, S., Racapé, J., Arntzen, A., Barros, H., Blondel, B., Merry, L., Glazier, R., Kirby, R., Mohangoo, A., Macfarlane, A., Dattani, N., Nybo Andersen, A.M., Mortensen, L., Villadsen, S., Davey, M.A., Sievers, E., Stray-Pedersen, B., Urquia, M., Janevic, T., Guendelman, S., Bolumar, F., Río Sánchez, M.I., Hjern, A. and Vangen, S. (2014). Development of the Migrant Friendly Maternity Care Questionnaire (MFMCQ) for migrants to Western societies: An international Delphi consensus process. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-200.
  20. Baxter, J.D., McCourt, C. and Jarrett, P.M. (2014). What is current practice in offering debriefing services to post partum women and what are the perceptions of women in accessing these services: A critical review of the literature. Midwifery .
  21. Altaweli, R.F., McCourt, C. and Baron, M. (2014). Childbirth care practices in public sector facilities in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: A descriptive study. Midwifery, 30(7), pp. 899–909. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.03.006.
  22. Rowe, R.E., Townend, J., Brocklehurst, P., Knight, M., Macfarlane, A., McCourt, C., Newburn, M., Redshaw, M., Sandall, J., Silverton, L. and Hollowell, J. (2014). Service configuration, unit characteristics and variation in intervention rates in a national sample of obstetric units in England: An exploratory analysis. BMJ Open, 4(5) . doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005551.
  23. Small, R., Roth, C., Raval, M., Shafiei, T., Korfker, D., Heaman, M., McCourt, C. and Gagnon, A. (2014). Immigrant and non-immigrant women's experiences of maternity care: A systematic and comparative review of studies in five countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-152.
  24. McCourt, C. (2014). Technologies of birth and models of midwifery care. Revista da Escola de Enfermagem, 48(SpecialIssue), pp. 168–177. doi:10.1590/S0080-623420140000600024.
  25. McCourt, C., Page, S. and Valdez, N. (2014). Editorial. Anthropology in Action, 21(3), pp. 1–2. doi:10.3167/aia.2014.210301.
  26. Rowe, R.E., Townend, J., Brocklehurst, P., Knight, M., Macfarlane, A., McCourt, C., Newburn, M., Redshaw, M., Sandall, J., Silverton, L. and Hollowell, J. (2013). Duration and urgency of transfer in births planned at home and in freestanding midwifery units in England: Secondary analysis of the birthplace national prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13 . doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-224.
  27. Cheyne, H., Abhyankar, P. and McCourt, C. (2013). Empowering change: Realist evaluation of a Scottish Government programme to support normal birth. Midwifery, 29(10), pp. 1110–1121. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2013.07.018.
  28. Beake, S., Acosta, L., Cooke, P. and McCourt, C. (2013). Caseload midwifery in a multi-ethnic community: The women's experiences. Midwifery, 29(8), pp. 996–1002. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2013.01.003.
  29. Scamell, M., Macfarlane, A., McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Sunderland, J. and Stewart, M. (2013). NICE ON CAESAREAN SECTION NICE says caesarean section is not available on demand unless clinically indicated. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 347 . doi:10.1136/bmj.f4649.
  30. McCourt, C. (2013). Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel. MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY QUARTERLY, 27(2), pp. B8–B10. doi:10.1111/maq.12042.
  31. Rance, S., McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Mackintosh, N., Carter, W., Watson, K. and Sandall, J. (2013). Women's safety alerts in maternity care: is speaking up enough? BMJ Quality and Safety . doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001295.
  32. Clifford, G., Craig, G.M., McCourt, C. and Barrow, G. (2013). What are the benefits and barriers of communicating parental HIV status to seronegative children and the implications for Jamaica? A narrative review of the literature in low/middle income countries. The West Indian medical journal, 62(4), pp. 357–363.
  33. Cheyne, H., McCourt, C. and Semple, K. (2012). Mother knows best: Developing a consumer led, evidence informed, research agenda for maternity care. Midwifery .
  34. McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Rance, S. and Sandall, J. (2012). Organisational strategies and midwives' readiness to provide care for out of hospital births: An analysis from the Birthplace organisational case studies. Midwifery, 28(5), pp. 636–645.
  35. Lanlehin, R., Noble, H. and McCourt, C. (2011). How well do midwives use skills and knowledge in examining newborns? British Journal of Midwifery, 19(11), pp. 687–691.
  36. Schmied, V., Beake, S., Sheehan, A., McCourt, C. and Dykes, F. (2011). Women's Perceptions and Experiences of Breastfeeding Support: A Metasynthesis. Birth, 38(1), pp. 49–60. doi:10.1111/j.1523-536X.2010.00446.x.
  37. McCourt, C., Redshaw, M. and Birthplace in England research programme and mapping group, (2011). Mapping maternity care facilities in England. Evidence Based Midwifery, 9(2), pp. 46–52.
  38. Brocklehurst, P., Puddicombe, D., Hollowell, J., Stewart, M., Linsell, L., Macfarlane, A.J. and McCourt, C. (2011). Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal, 343 . doi:10.1136/bmj.d7400.
  39. De Valois, B.A., Young, T.E., Robinson, N., McCourt, C. and Maher, E.J. (2010). Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(10), pp. 1047–1057. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0472.
  40. McCourt, C., McAree, T. and Beake, S. (2010). Perceptions of Group Practice Midwifery amongst Women in an Ethnically Diverse Area. Evidence-Based Midwifery .
  41. McCourt, C., Rowan, C. and Bick, D. (2010). Provision of perinatal mental health services in two English Strategic Health Authorities: views and perspectives of the multi-professional team. Evidence-Based Midwifery .
  42. McCourt, C. (2010). Bipolar expeditions: mania and depression in American culture. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, 16(1), pp. 192–193.
  43. McAree, T., McCourt, C. and Beake, S. (2010). Perceptions of group practice midwifery from women living in an ethnically diverse Setting. Evidence Based Midwifery, 8(3), pp. 91–97.
  44. Rowan, C., McCourt, C. and Beake, S. (2009). Midwives' reflections on their educational programme: a traditional or problem-based learning approach? Midwifery, 25(2), pp. 213–222. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2007.01.014.
  45. McCourt, C., Schmied, V., Beake, S., Sheehan, A. and Dykes, F. (2009). A meta-sythesis of women's perceptions and experiences of breast feeding support. JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 7(14), pp. 583–614.
  46. McCandlish, R., Brocklehurst, P., Campbell, R., Logan, M., Macfarlane, A., McCourt, C., Miller, A., Murphy, D., Newburn, M., Petrou, S., Puddicombe, D., Redshaw, M., Rowe, R., Schroeder, E., Sandall, J., Silverton, L., Stewart, M. and Marlow, N. (2008). National evaluation safety and cost-effectiveness of planned place of birth. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 115(8), pp. 1063–1064. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.01767.x.
  47. Rowan, C.J., McCourt, C. and Beake, S. (2008). Problem based learning in midwifery - The students' perspective. Nurse Education Today, 28(1), pp. 93–99. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2007.02.014.
  48. McCourt, C., Kimber, L., McNabb, M., Haines, L. and Brocklehurst, P. (2008). Massage or music for pain relief in labour. A pilot randomised placebo-controlled trial. European Journal of Pain . doi:10.1016/j.ejpain.2008.01.004.
  49. Schmied, V., Sheehan, A., McCourt, C., Dykes, F., Beake, S. and Bick, D. (2008). Women's perceptions and experiences of breastfeeding support: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research. JBI library of systematic reviews, 6(4 Suppl), pp. 1–12.
  50. Gamble, J., Creedy, D.K., McCourt, C., Weaver, J. and Beake, S. (2007). A critique of the literature on women's request for cesarean section. Birth, 34(4), pp. 331–340. doi:10.1111/j.1523-536X.2007.00193.x.
  51. Morgan, P.A., McCourt, C.A. and Youll, P. (2007). Social richness, socio-technical tension and the virtual commissioning of NHS research. Health Research Policy and Systems, 5 . doi:10.1186/1478-4505-5-8.
  52. McCourt, C., Weaver, J., Statham, H., Beake, S., Gamble, J. and Creedy, D.K. (2007). Elective cesarean section and decision making: A critical review of the literature. Birth, 34(1), pp. 65–79. doi:10.1111/j.1523-536X.2006.00147.x.
  53. Rowan, C.J., McCourt, C., Bick, D. and Beake, S. (2007). Problem based learning in midwifery - The teachers perspective. Nurse Education Today, 27(2), pp. 131–138. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2006.03.006.
  54. McCourt, C.A., Morgan, P.A. and Youll, P. (2006). Evaluation of a 'virtual' approach to commissioning health research. Health Research Policy and Systems, 4 . doi:10.1186/1478-4505-4-9.
  55. Nabb, M.T.M., Kimber, L., Haines, A. and McCourt, C. (2006). Does regular massage from late pregnancy to birth decrease maternal pain perception during labour and birth?-A feasibility study to investigate a programme of massage, controlled breathing and visualization, from 36 weeks of pregnancy until birth. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 12(3), pp. 222–231. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.12.006.
  56. McCourt, C. (2006). Supporting choice and control? Communication and interaction between midwives and women at the antenatal booking visit. Social Science and Medicine, 62(6), pp. 1307–1318. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.07.031.
  57. McCourt, C., Bick, D., Hunter, B., Sandall, J., Macfarlane, A., Kirkham, M., Kroll, D. and Osbourne, A. (2006). What price for a perfect delivery? RCM midwives : the official journal of the Royal College of Midwives, 9(3), p. 113.
  58. McCourt, C., Beake, S. and Bick, D. (2006). Women’s views of hospital and community-based postnatal care: the good, the bad and the indifferent. Evidence Based Midwifery, 3(2), pp. 80–86.
  59. McCourt, C. and Stevens, T. (2006). Continuity of carer – what does it mean and does it matter to midwives and birthing women? Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, 4(3), pp. 10–20.
  60. McCourt, C. (2005). Research and theory for nursing and midwifery: Rethinking the nature of evidence. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 2(2), pp. 75–83. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6787.2005.05003.x.
  61. Beake, S., McCourt, C., Rowan, C. and Taylor, J. (2005). Evaluation of the use of health care assistants to support disadvantaged women breastfeeding in the community. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 1(1), pp. 32–43. doi:10.1111/j.1740-8709.2004.00007.x.
  62. Bick, D., Mccourt, C. and Beake, S. (2004). Choice, culture, and evidence-informed practice: Addressing the future of the U.K. maternity services. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 1(3), pp. 162–164. doi:10.1111/j.1524-475X.2004.04030.x.
  63. Bulma, K.H. and McCourt, C. (2002). Somali refugee women's experiences of maternity care in west London: A case study. Critical Public Health, 12(4), pp. 365–380. doi:10.1080/0958159021000029568.
  64. Robertson, L., Kawik, L., McCourt, C., Forster, M., Pask, E. and Dexter, Y. (2002). Do children's nurses make a difference? Paediatric nursing, 14(4), pp. 30–33.
  65. Thomas, B.G. and McCourt, C. (2001). Problem-based learning. Reducing the theory-practice gap? The practising midwife, 4(7), p. 52.
  66. Thomas, G. and McCourt, C. (2001). The possibilities of problem based learning in midwifery. The practising midwife, 4(5), p. 42.
  67. McCourt, C. and Beake, S. (2001). Using Midwifery Monitor to assess quality in two maternity care systems. The practising midwife, 4(2), pp. 23–29.
  68. McCourt, C. and Thomas, B.G. (2001). Evaluation of a problem-based curriculum in midwifery. Midwifery, 17(4), pp. 323–331. doi:10.1054/midw.2001.0276.
  69. McCourt, C.A. (2000). Life after hospital closure: Users' views of living in residential 'resettlement' projects. A case study in consumer-led research. Health Expectations, 3(3), pp. 192–202. doi:10.1046/j.1369-6513.2000.00096.x.
  70. McCourt, C. and Pearce, A. (2000). Does continuity of carer matter to women from minority ethnic groups? Midwifery, 16(2), pp. 145–154. doi:10.1054/midw.2000.0204.
  71. Page, L., McCourt, C., Beake, S., Vail, A. and Hewison, J. (1999). Clinical interventions and outcomes of One-to-One midwifery practice. Journal of Public Health Medicine, 21(3), pp. 243–248. doi:10.1093/pubmed/21.3.243.
  72. McCourt, C., Page, L., Hewison, J. and Vail, A. (1998). Evaluation of one-to-one midwifery: Women's responses to care. Birth, 25(2), pp. 73–80.
  73. Beake, S., McCourt, C., Page, L. and Vail, A. (1998). The use of clinical audit in evaluating maternity services reform: A critical reflection. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 4(1), pp. 75–83.
  74. McCourt, C. (1996). One-to-one midwifery. Women's responses. Modern midwife, 6(10), pp. 8–11.

Reports (10)

  1. McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Rance, S. and Sandall, J. (2014). An ethnographic organisational study of alongside midwifery units: a follow-on study from the Birthplace in England programme - Scientific Summary. NIHR.
  2. McCourt, C., Rayment, J., Rance, S. and Sandall, J. (2014). An ethnographic organisational study of alongside midwifery units: a follow-on study from the Birthplace in England programme - Full Report. NIHR.
  3. McCourt, C., Cheyne, H. and Semple, K. (2012). Mothers Involved in Research Agenda Setting:
    Report of the MIRAS project.
    Stirling: NMAHP Research UNit, University of Stirling.
  4. McCourt, C., Rance, S., Rayment, J. and Sandall, J. (2011). Birthplace qualitative organisational case studies: how maternity care systems may affect the provision of care in different birth settings Birthplace in England research programme. Final report part 6. HMSO.
  5. Hollowell, J., Puddicombe, D., Rowe, R., Linsell, L., Hardy, P., Stewart, M., Redshaw, M., Newburn, M., McCourt, C., Sandall, J., Macfarlane, A., Silverton, L. and Brocklehurst, P. (2011). The Birthplace national prospective cohort study: perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth Birthplace in England research programme. Final report part 4. HMSO.
  6. Schroeder, L., Petrou, S., Patel, N., Hollowell, J., Puddicombe, D., Redshaw, M., Brocklehurst, P., Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, , McCourt, C. and Macfarlane, A. (2011). Birthplace cost-effectiveness analysis of planned place of birth: individual level analysis Birthplace in England research programme: final report part 5. HMSO.
  7. Hollowell, J., The Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, , Mccourt, and macfarlane, (2011). Birthplace programme overview: background, component studies and summary of findings. Southampton: HMSO.
  8. Rowe, R., The Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, , McCourt, C. and Macfarlane, (2011). Birthplace terms and definitions: consensus process Birthplace in England research programme. HMSO.
  9. Redshaw, M., Rowe, R., Schroeder, L., Puddicombe, D., Macfarlane, A., Newburn, M., McCourt, C., Sandall, J., Silverton, L. and Marlow, N. (2011). Mapping maternity care: the configuration of maternity care in England. Birthplace in England research programme. Final report part 3. Southampton: HMSO.
  10. McCourt, C., Rance, S., Rayment, J.L. and Sandall, J. (2011). Birthplace in England Research programme, Organisational Case Studies Final Report 6: how maternity care systems may affect the provision of care in different birth settings London: HMSO. London: HMSO.

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  1. Editorial Board Member:

    - International Journal of Childbirth
    - Journal of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
    - Birth; British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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    - DoH SDO Programme
    - National Institute of Health Research
    - An Bord Slainte Eireann
    - Canada Council for the Arts
    - RCOG Wellbeing
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    - Social Science and Medicine
    - Midwifery
    - Maternal and Child Nutrition
    - BMC Public Health
    - Quality and Safety in Health Care
    - Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
    - Ethnicity and Health
    - BJOG

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    - Anthropology in Action

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