Midwifery: Dr Margaret Murphy

Integration of GCDE into midwifery and public health nursing modules

Lecturer: Dr Margaret Murphy
Department: School of Nursing & Midwifery, College of Medicine and Health Studies.

Integration of GCDE

The overwhelming majority of stillbirth occurs in low and middle income countries and occurs to women of colour, yet the majority of learning we have about the experiences of stillbirth and bereavement care is from a Northern European, North American, or Australian/New Zealand and white, heterosexual perspective.

I aim to integrate research results across several undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and public health nursing modules. My learning from the Praxis Project is in mapping midwifery and birth through lens of globalisation, particularly in the module NU2094. Women give birth across the globe and stillbirth remains an issue regardless of where in the world they live. Framing pregnancy loss within GCDE framework is valuable as it focuses student learning on initiatives working with support services on the ground especially in areas of greatest stillbirth burden e.g., India/Africa.


Praxis plan

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Dr Margaret Murphy is a Lecturer in Midwifery at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland. Her doctoral thesis explored the experiences of couples in pregnancy following stillbirth and miscarriage using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

  • Elected to the Board of the International Stillbirth Alliance in September 2016 and elected Treasurer in September 2017.
  • Member of the International Stillbirth Alliance Bereavement Working Group, Prevention Working Group, and Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group.
  • As a Member of the Lancet Stillbirths in High-Income Countries Investigator Group and contributed Irish stillbirth data to The Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series 2016.
  • International Collaborator with the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence, Mater Institute, Brisbane, Australia https://www.stillbirthcre.org.au/about-us/our-people/international-collaborators/
  • Member of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, INFANT Research Centre, Cork University Maternity Hospital.
  • Athena Swan Committee Member, School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Experienced in qualitative and qualitative research methodologies particularly Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.
  • Other research interests include breastfeeding education and support, teaching and learning in higher education and antenatal education.
  • Past President of the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland 2012-2014 and has sat on several national breastfeeding policy boards.
  • Registered Midwife, Registered General Nurse, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
  • Senior clinical experience and clinical credibility in all aspects of Midwifery, Neonatal Intensive Care and Adult Intensive Care.
  • Teaches modules across Undergraduate and Postgraduate Midwifery programmes as well as Higher Diploma in Public Health Nursing and multidisciplinary PROMPT Obstetric Emergency Programmes and Neonatal Resuscitation Programmes.
  • Facilitates clinical antenatal and postnatal breastfeeding education sessions for mothers and infants.
  • Member of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).


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