Jenny McLeish

Health Services Researcher

Biography

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.

Publications

  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: models and perceptions. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015;15(1):257.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26459281
  • 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 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. 2017;56:53-60.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29078074
  • 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
  • McLeish J, Redshaw M. Maternity experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: A qualitative study. Women and Birth. 2018;10.1016/j.wombi.2018.05.009.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871519217302755
  • 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 Childbirth. 2019;19(1):21.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-2170-x