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Melanie Cooper

Reader in Maternity and Migrant Health

Faculty/Dept/School School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Emailm.cooper2@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 236440

Biography

Mel practised as a nurse then as a midwife before beginning her career in higher education as a lecturer in midwifery and reproductive health in 1997. She is now a Reader in Maternity and Migrant Health and also the Faculty of Health Studies Director of Postgraduate Research. Mel’s research interests are predominantly around migrant and BAME communities and health services. Her early research focused on pregnant asylum seeking and refugee women and their access to, experiences of and outcomes of maternity services. However, this has now expanded to encompass other health services and access to higher education for migrant and BAME communities. Mel works closely with voluntary sector organisations on joint projects particularly around the use of peer support schemes. She co-leads the Maternity Stream charity and has experience as a trustee on a national refugee charity. Mel is also interested in how technology and other interventions can be used to improve migrant and BAME communities interaction with health services

Teaching

Teaching interests

Migrants and health care
Forced migration and maternity services
Qualitative research methodologies.
Ethical, legal and professional issues in practice
Research ethics

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-11: University of Bradford - PhD
  • 01-JAN-00: University of Huddersfield - MSc Health Professional Education
  • 01-JAN-97: Leeds Metropolitan University - BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Professional Register- nursing and midwifery
  • Higher Education Academy , Higher Education Academy-Fellow
  • 01-JAN-18: - Vice Chancellor award
  • 01-JAN-17: - University of Sanctuary award
  • RCM I module: Author of RCM I Learn Module ‘Understanding asylum seekers and refugees’
  • Maternity Stream of Sanctuary: Co-lead of the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary registered charity
  • Reviewer- grants: Reviewer for NIHR and other grant applications
  • Northern Maternity Stream Research Network : Northern Maternity Stream Research Network- Leads this network of diverse researchers across Northern England, working with international partners on research around maternity and migrant women

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleMembrane sweeping at term to promote spontaneous labour and reduce the likelihood of a formal induction of labour for postmaturity: a systematic review and meta-analysis (2019)
AuthorsAvdiyovski H.;Haith-Cooper M.;Scally A.
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
DOI10.1080/01443615.2018.1467388
 
TitleDiet and physical activity in pregnancy: A study exploring women's beliefs and behaviours (2019)
AuthorsChana R.;Haith-Cooper M.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
DOI10.12968/bjom.2019.27.5.297
 
TitleThe experiences of pregnant migrant women in detention: A qualitative study (2018)
AuthorsArshad, F.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Palloti, P.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleVulnerable migrant women and postnatal depression: A case of invisibility in maternity services? (2018)
AuthorsFirth, Amanda; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleHospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students (2018)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie; Stacey, T.; Bailey, F.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleExercise and physical activity in asylum seekers in Northern England; using the theoretical domains framework to identify barriers and facilitators (2018)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie; Waskett, Catherine; Montague, Jane; Horne, Maria
JournalBMC Public Health
 
TitleA concept analysis of the term migrant women in the context of pregnancy (2017)
AuthorsBalaam, M-C.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Parízková, A.; Weckend, M.J.; Fleming, V.; Roosalu, T.; Vržina, S.S.
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
 
TitlePregnant and seeking asylum: Exploring women's experiences 'from booking to baby' (2016)
AuthorsLephard E.;Haith-Cooper M.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
DOI10.12968/bjom.2016.24.2.130
 
TitleThe effect of maternal position at birth on perineal trauma: A systematic review (2016)
AuthorsLodge F.;Haith-Cooper M.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
DOI10.12968/bjom.2016.24.3.172
 
TitleDo psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression? (2016)
AuthorsFirth A.;Haith-Cooper M.;Egan D.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
DOI10.12968/bjom.2016.24.12.855
 
TitlePregnant and seeking asylum; exploring experiences ‘from booking to baby’. (2016)
AuthorsLephard, E.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleEthno-Specific Risk Factors for Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Findings from the Born in Bradford Cohort Study (2016)
AuthorsStacey, T.; Prady, S.L.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Downe, S.; Simpson, N.; Pickett, K.E.
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
 
TitleDo psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression? (2016)
AuthorsFirth, Amanda; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Egan, Dominic
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleStriving for excellence in maternity care: The Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary. (2015)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie; McCarthy, Rose
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitlePregnancy related telephone consultations to an out-of-hours provider: a retrospective database study (2015)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie; Stacey, T.; Clements, E.; Mohammed, Mohammed A.; Edwards, E.
JournalPrimary health care research & development
 
TitleAn evaluation of a family health programme for newly arrived asylum seekers living in an initial accommodation centre in Northern England (2014)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalMIDIRS Midwifery Digest
 
TitleMobile translators for non-English-speaking women accessing maternity services. (2014)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleMeeting the health and social needs of pregnant asylum seekers, midwifery students' perspectives. Part 1; dominant discourses and midwifery students. (2013)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper M.;Bradshaw G.
JournalNurse Education Today
DOI10.1016/j.nedt.2012.05.005
 
TitleEvaluating the impact of befriending for pregnant asylum seeking and refugee women (2013)
AuthorsMcCarthy, Rose; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleMeeting the health and social care needs of pregnant asylum seekers; midwifery students' perspectives. Part 3; "The pregnant woman within the global context"; an inclusive model for midwifery education to address the needs of asylum seeking women in the UK. (2013)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper M.;Bradshaw G.
JournalNurse Education Today
DOI10.1016/j.nedt.2012.04.016
 
TitleMeeting the health and social needs of pregnant asylum seekers: Midwifery students' perspectives. Part 2: Dominant discourses and approaches to care (2013)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper M.;Bradshaw G.
JournalNurse Education Today
DOI10.1016/j.nedt.2012.06.014
 
TitleCulture and communication in ethically appropriate care (2008)
AuthorsMeddings, Fiona S.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalNursing Ethics
 
TitleDelivery suite assessment unit: auditing innovation in maternity triage (2007)
AuthorsNolan, Sheila; Morgan, Jane; Pickles, Jacky; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; MacVane Phipps, Fiona E.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
 
TitleVaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC): exploring women's perceptions (2007)
AuthorsMeddings, Fiona S.; MacVane Phipps, Fiona E.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Haigh, Jacquelyn
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
 
TitleObtaining Informed Consent in an Egyptian Research Study (2004)
AuthorsRashad, A.M.; MacVane Phipps, Fiona E.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalNursing Ethics
 
TitleAn exploration of tutors’ experiences of facilitating problem-based learning. Part 1: An educational research methodology combining innovation and philosophical tradition (2003)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalNurse Education Today
 
TitleAn exploration of tutors' experiences of facilitating problem-based learning. Part 2 - Implications for the facilitation of problem based learning (2003)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper M.
JournalNurse Education Today
DOI10.1016/S0260-6917(02)00166-1
 
TitleProblem-Based Learning within Health Professional Education, What is the Role of the Lecturer? A review of the literature (2000)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalNurse Education Today
 
TitleTeam midwives’ views on team midwifery (1999)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
JournalThe practising midwife