Dr Maggie Redshaw BA, PhD, C. Psychol.
Senior Research Fellow and Social Scientist
Maggie Redshaw is a developmental and health psychologist specialising in two areas: women's reactions to pregnancy and childbirth and their experience of maternity care and infant behaviour and outcomes.
Maggie Redshaw graduated with an honours degree in psychology from the University of Manchester and carried out research for a PhD on human and great ape infants at University College London. Maggie subsequently joined the Perinatal Research Unit at St Mary's Hospital, London working on studies of pain relief in labour, differences in newborn behaviour and the experience of preterm infants and their parents. After a career break, the birth of two children and working in research and education at Jersey and Bristol zoos, she moved to the Institute of Child Health in the University of Bristol, setting up a series of research projects on the organisation of neonatal and maternity care. As a Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England Maggie taught developmental and health psychology and research methods, while continuing with research on neonatal and children's acute services. She joined the unit in October 2003 and since 2009 has collaborated with the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies in Brisbane, where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. She has been involved in national maternity surveys of women's experience of care from 1995-2010, analysing data from these to explore differences in care and outcomes. She also worked on staffing and organisation in maternity care as part of the Birthplace in England study. Currently she leads the psychological component in an NIHR programme on the impact and outcomes of information-giving to parents of preterm infants following MRI and ultrasound scans and participates in other trials in neonatal care. She edits the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology and has recently joined the trustees at the Zoological Society of London.