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Melanie Cooper

Reader in Maternity and Migrant Health

Faculty/Dept/School School of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
Telephone +441274 236440


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

Professional activities

  • Author of RCM I Learn Module ‘Understanding asylum seekers and refugees’
  • Co-lead of the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary registered charity
  • Reviewer for NIHR and other grant applications
  • 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
  • 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
  • 01-JAN-18: - Vice Chancellor award
  • 01-JAN-17: - University of Sanctuary award
  • Professional Register- nursing and midwifery
  • Higher Education Academy-Fellow


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
TitleDiet and physical activity in pregnancy: A study exploring women's beliefs and behaviours (2019)
AuthorsChana R.;Haith-Cooper M.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
TitleThe experiences of pregnant migrant women in detention: A qualitative study (2018)
AuthorsArshad, F.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Palloti, P.
TitleVulnerable migrant women and postnatal depression: A case of invisibility in maternity services? (2018)
AuthorsFirth, Amanda; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
TitleHospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students (2018)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie; Stacey, T.; Bailey, F.
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
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.
TitlePregnant and seeking asylum: Exploring women's experiences 'from booking to baby' (2016)
AuthorsLephard E.;Haith-Cooper M.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
TitleThe effect of maternal position at birth on perineal trauma: A systematic review (2016)
AuthorsLodge F.;Haith-Cooper M.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
TitleDo psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression? (2016)
AuthorsFirth A.;Haith-Cooper M.;Egan D.
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
TitlePregnant and seeking asylum; exploring experiences ‘from booking to baby’. (2016)
AuthorsLephard, E.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
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.
TitleDo psychosocial interventions have an impact on maternal perception of perinatal depression? (2016)
AuthorsFirth, Amanda; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Egan, Dominic
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.
TitleStriving for excellence in maternity care: The Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary. (2015)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie; McCarthy, Rose
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
TitleMobile translators for non-English-speaking women accessing maternity services. (2014)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
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
TitleEvaluating the impact of befriending for pregnant asylum seeking and refugee women (2013)
AuthorsMcCarthy, Rose; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
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
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
TitleCulture and communication in ethically appropriate care (2008)
AuthorsMeddings, Fiona S.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
TitleVaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC): exploring women's perceptions (2007)
AuthorsMeddings, Fiona S.; MacVane Phipps, Fiona E.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; Haigh, Jacquelyn
TitleDelivery suite assessment unit: auditing innovation in maternity triage (2007)
AuthorsNolan, Sheila; Morgan, Jane; Pickles, Jacky; Haith-Cooper, Melanie; MacVane Phipps, Fiona E.
TitleObtaining Informed Consent in an Egyptian Research Study (2004)
AuthorsRashad, A.M.; MacVane Phipps, Fiona E.; Haith-Cooper, Melanie
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
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
TitleProblem-Based Learning within Health Professional Education, What is the Role of the Lecturer? A review of the literature (2000)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie
TitleTeam midwives’ views on team midwifery (1999)
AuthorsHaith-Cooper, Melanie