Rachel Rowe BA (Hons), DPhil
University Research Lecturer
Rachel is a Senior Health Services Researcher in the NPEU; her research interests include intrapartum care, the organisation of maternity care and women’s experience of care, with a particular focus on midwifery-led settings. Her DPhil on transfer from midwifery unit to obstetric unit during labour was funded by a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Researcher Development Award, and carried out alongside the Birthplace prospective cohort study, which evaluated the safety of birth in different settings. After receiving her doctorate she managed a programme of further analyses of the Birthplace data and Listening to Parents, a national survey of the maternity care experience of women who have had a stillborn baby or a baby who has died as a newborn.
Funded by an NIHR Post Doctoral Fellowship from 2015-18, Rachel set up and now leads the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS), a national research infrastructure for carrying out observational studies and surveys of practice in midwifery units. She is a co-investigator for the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care.
Fletcher BR, Rowe R, Hollowell J, Scanlon M, Hinton L, Rivero-Arias O. Exploring women’s preferences for birth settings in England: A discrete choice experiment. PLoS One. 2019;14(4):e0215098.
Yokoe R, Rowe R, Choudhury SS, Rani A, Zahir F, Nair M. Unsafe abortion and abortion-related death among 1.8 million women in India. BMJ Global Health. 2019;4(3):e001491.
Hinton L, Dumelow C, Rowe R, Hollowell J. Birthplace choices: what are the information needs of women when choosing where to give birth in England? A qualitative study using online and face to face focus groups. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. [journal article]. 2018;18(1):12.
Rowe R, Knight M, Kurinczuk JJ, on behalf of the U.K. Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS). Outcomes for women with BMI>35kg/m2 admitted for labour care to alongside midwifery units in the UK: A national prospective cohort study using the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS). PLoS One. 2018;13(12):e0208041.
Coxon K, Chisholm A, Malouf R, Rowe R, Hollowell J. What influences birth place preferences, choices and decision-making amongst healthy women with straightforward pregnancies in the UK? A qualitative evidence synthesis using a ‘best fit’ framework approach. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. [journal article]. 2017;17(1):103.
Rowe R, Kurinczuk JJ, Hollowell J, Jokinen M, Knight M. The UK Midwifery System (UKMidSS): a programme of work to establish a research infrastructure to carry out national studies of uncommon conditions and events in midwifery units. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016;16(1):77.
Li Y, Townend J, Rowe R, Brocklehurst P, Knight M, Linsell L, Macfarlane A, McCourt C, Newburn M, Marlow N, Pasupathy D, Redshaw M, Sandall J, Silverton L, Hollowell J. Perinatal and maternal outcomes in planned home and obstetric unit births in women at 'higher risk' of complications: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study. BJOG. 2015;122(5):741-53.
- Rowe R, Jokinen M. UKMidSS: Engaging in Research. Midwives. 2015;18(4):47.
Rowe R, Kurinczuk JJ, Hollowell J, Jokinen M, Knight M, on behalf of UKMidSS. The UK Midwifery Study System: Investigating uncommon events and conditions in midwifery-led settings. British Journal of Midwifery. 2015;23(11):823-4.
Rowe R, Li Y, Knight M, Brocklehurst P, Hollowell J. Maternal and perinatal outcomes in women planning vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) at home in England: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study. BJOG. 2015;123(7):1123-32.
Hollowell J, Rowe R, Townend J, Knight M, Li Y, Linsell L, Redshaw M, Brocklehurst P, Macfarlane A, Marlow N, McCourt C, Newburn M, Sandall J, Silvert. The Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study: further analyses to enhance policy and service delivery decision-making for planned place of birth. 2015 Contract No.: 36.
Hollowell J, Pillas D, Rowe R, Linsell L, Knight M, Brocklehurst P. The impact of maternal obesity on intrapartum outcomes in otherwise low risk women: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study. Br Journal Obstet Gynaecol. 2014;121(3):343-55.
Li Y, Townend J, Rowe R, Knight M, Brocklehurst P, Hollowell J. The effect of maternal age and planned place of birth on intrapartum outcomes in healthy women with straightforward pregnancies: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study. BMJ open. 2014;4(1):e004026.
Lukasse M, Rowe R, Townend J, Knight M, Hollowell J. Immersion in water for pain relief and the risk of intrapartum transfer among low risk nulliparous women: secondary analysis of the birthplace national prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014;14(1):60.
Rowe RE, Townend J, Brocklehurst P, Knight M, Macfarlane A, McCourt C, Newburn M, Redshaw M, Sandall J, Silverton L, Hollowell J. Service configuration, unit characteristics and variation in intervention rates in a national sample of obstetric units in England: an exploratory analysis. BMJ open. 2014;4(5):e005551.
- Redshaw M, Rowe R, Henderson J. Listening to Parents after stillbirth or the death of their baby after birth. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. 2014.
Rowe RE, Townend J, Brocklehurst P, Knight M, Macfarlane A, McCourt C, Newburn M, Redshaw M, Sandall J, Silverton L, Hollowell J. Duration and urgency of transfer in births planned at home and in freestanding midwifery units in England: secondary analysis of the birthplace national prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013;13:224.
Rowe RE, Fitzpatrick R, Hollowell J, Kurinczuk JJ. Transfers of women planning birth in midwifery units: data from the Birthplace prospective cohort study. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 2012;119(9):1081-90.
Rowe RE, Kurinczuk JJ, Locock L, Fitzpatrick R. Women's experience of transfer from midwifery unit to hospital obstetric unit during labour: a qualitative interview study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2012;12:129.
Birthplace in England Collaborative Group, Brocklehurst P, Hardy P, Hollowell J, Linsell L, Macfarlane A, McCourt C, Marlow N, Miller A, Newburn M, Petrou S, Puddicombe D, Redshaw M, Rowe R, Sandall J, Silverton L, Stewart M. Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study. Br Med J. 2011;343.
Hollowell J, Puddicombe D, Rowe R, Linsell L, Hardy P, Stewart M, Redshaw M, Newburn M, McCourt C, Sandall J, Macfarlane A, Silverton L, Brocklehurst P, Birthplace in England Collaborative Group obo. The Birthplace national prospective cohort study: perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth. Birthplace in England research programme. Final report part 4: NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. 2011.
Redshaw M, Rowe R, Schroeder L, Puddicombe D, Macfarlane A, Newburn M, McCourt C, Sandall J, Silverton L, Marlow N, on behalf of Birthplace in England Collaborative Group. Mapping maternity care: the configuration of maternity care in England. Birthplace in England research programme. Final Report 3: NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. 2011.
Rowe R. Transfer from midwifery unit to obstetric unit during labour: rates, process and women's experience [DPhil thesis]. Oxford: University of Oxford; 2011.
Rowe R, Birthplace in England Collaborative Group obo. Birthplace terms and definitions: consensus process. Birthplace in England research programme. Final report part 2: NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. 2011.
Rowe RE. Local guidelines for the transfer of women from midwifery unit to obstetric unit during labour in England: a systematic appraisal of their quality. Quality and Safety in Health Care. 2010;19(2):90-4.
McNeill J, Alderdice F, Rowe R, Martin D, Dornan JC. Down's syndrome screening in Northern Ireland: women's reasons for accepting or declining serum testing. Evidence Based Midwifery. 2009;7(3):76-83.
Redshaw M, Martin C, Rowe R, Hockley C. The Oxford Worries about Labour Scale: Women's experience and measurement characteristics of a measure of maternal concern about labour and birth. Psychol Health Med. 2009;14(3):354-66.
Alderdice F, McNeill J, Rowe R, Martin D, Dornan J. Inequalities in the reported offer and uptake of antenatal screening. Public Health. 2008;122(1):42-52.
Rowe R, Puddicombe D, Hockley C, Redshaw M. Offer and uptake of prenatal screening for Down syndrome in women from different social and ethnic backgrounds. Prenat Diagn. 2008;28(13):1245-50.
Rowe R, Stewart M, Puddicombe D. Perinatal Outcomes in Birth Centers. Birth. 2008;35(1):85.
Rowe RE, Magee H, Quigley MA, Heron P, Askham J, Brocklehurst P. Social and ethnic differences in attendance for antenatal care in England. Public Health. 2008;122(12):1363-72.
Redshaw M, Rowe R, Hockley C, Brocklehurst P. Recorded delivery: a national survey of women's experience of maternity care 2006. Oxford: NPEU. 2007.
- Rowe RE, Garcia J. Ethnic minorities' access to antenatal screening. British Journal of Midwifery. 2005;13(2):101-4.
Rowe RE, Garcia J, Davidson LL. Social and ethnic inequalities in the offer and uptake of prenatal screening and diagnosis in the UK: a systematic review. Public Health. 2004;118:177-89.
Rowe RE, Garcia J. Social class, ethnicity and attendance for antenatal care in the United Kingdom: a systematic review. J Public Health Med. 2003;25(2):113-9.
Rowe RE, Garcia J, Macfarlane AJ, Davidson LL. Improving communication between health professionals and women in maternity care: a structured review. Health Expectations. 2002;5(1):63-83.
Rowe RE, Garcia J, Macfarlane AJ, Davidson LL. Does poor communication contribute to stillbirths and infant deaths? A review. J Public Health Med. 2001;23(1):23-34.
- Garcia J, D'Souza L, Rowe R, Jayaweera H, Davidson LL, Henderson J. Tackling Health Inequalities: consultation on a plan for delivery. Oxford: NPEU; 2001.
- Rowe RE, Garcia J, Macfarlane AJ, Davidson LL. Communication issues in stillbirth and infant death: a review of communications within the CESDI framework. Oxford: NPEU; 1999.