Jenny McLeish

Health Services Researcher


After originally qualifying as a barrister, Jenny worked for many years in the voluntary sector on policy, research, information and campaigning for disadvantaged and vulnerable families. She joined NPEU in 2013 as a health services researcher, and her main research interests are women's experiences of care and the contribution of volunteer and peer support to women's wellbeing in the perinatal period. She is attached to the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care.


  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: models and perceptions. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2015;15(1):257.
  • Mcleish J. Organisation of postnatal care affects parents’ confidence and security following hospital discharge at 72 h or less. Evidence Based Nursing. 2016;19(3):73.
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. ‘We have beaten HIV a bit’: a qualitative study of experiences of peer support during pregnancy with an HIV Mentor Mother project in England. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e011499.
  • McLeish J, Spiby H, Darwin Z, Willmot H, Green J. The processes of implementing and sustaining an intensive volunteer one-to-one support (doula) service for disadvantaged pregnant women. Voluntary Sector Review. 2016;7(2):149-67.
  • Malouf R, McLeish J, Ryan S, Gray R, Redshaw M. ‘We both just wanted to be normal parents’: a qualitative study of the experience of maternity care for women with learning disability. BMJ Open. [10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015526]. 2017;7(3).
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. "I didn't think we'd be dealing with stuff like this": A qualitative study of volunteer support for very disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. Midwifery. 2017;45:36-43.
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. Mothers’ accounts of the impact on emotional wellbeing of organised peer support in pregnancy and early parenthood: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. [journal article]. 2017;17(1):28.
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. A qualitative study of volunteer doulas working alongside midwives at births in England: Mothers' and doulas' experiences. Midwifery. 2018;56(Supplement C):53-60.
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. Maternity experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: A qualitative study. Women and Birth. 2018;32(2):178-84.
  • Thomson G, McLeish J. Volunteer and peer support during the perinatal period: a scoping study. Practising Midwife. 2018;21(4):25-9.
  • Gale C, Modi N, Jawad S, Culshaw L, Dorling J, Bowler U, Forster A, King A, McLeish J, Linsell L, Turner MA, Robberts H, Stanbury K, van Staa T, Juszczak E. The WHEAT pilot trial—WithHolding Enteral feeds Around packed red cell Transfusion to prevent necrotising enterocolitis in preterm neonates: a multicentre, electronic patient record (EPR), randomised controlled point-of-care pilot trial. BMJ Open. 2019;9(9):e033543.
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. “Being the best person that they can be and the best mum”: a qualitative study of community volunteer doula support for disadvantaged mothers before and after birth in England. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019;19(1):21.