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. Organisation of postnatal care affects parents’ confidence and security following hospital discharge at 72 h or less. Evidence Based Nursing. 2016;19(3):73. http://ebn.bmj.com/content/19/3/73.short
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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27324716
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. https://doi.org/10.1332/204080516X14650415652465
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). http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/3/e015526.abstract
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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27987406
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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28086827
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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29078074
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. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/9/e033543.abstract
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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-2170-x
McLeish J, Alderdice F, Robberts H, Cole C, Dorling J, Gale C. Challenges of a simplified opt-out consent process in a neonatal randomised controlled trial: qualitative study of parents’ and health professionals’ views and experiences. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2020;10.1136/archdischild-2020-319545:fetalneonatal-2020-319545. http://fn.bmj.com/content/early/2020/11/02/archdischild-2020-319545.abstract
McLeish J, Harvey M, Redshaw M, Alderdice F. "Reassurance that you're doing okay, or guidance if you're not": A qualitative descriptive study of pregnant first time mothers' expectations and information needs about postnatal care in England. Midwifery. 2020;89:102813. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32798075/
McLeish J, Redshaw M. ‘She come like a sister to me’: a qualitative study of volunteer social support for disadvantaged women in the transition to motherhood in England. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2021;376(1827):20200023. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0023
Harrison S, Alderdice F, McLeish J, Quigley MA. You and Your Baby: A national survey of health and care during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford. 2021. Report No.: ISBN: 978-1-8383678-4-8.