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I have been a midwife since 1986.  Prior to commencing an academic career I practised in a variety of settings including two years in a large teaching hospital in Nepal and in the UK in a small private hospital specialising in ‘natural’ childbirth, a small midwife-led unit and finally as a community midwife in Dundee.  Since 1997 I have worked as a Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Dundee.  In addition to my teaching and administration responsibilities, my research activities have increased over the past few years and have included the study of pelvic floor exercises, infant feeding plans and woman-centred care. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Glasgow

Master of Science, University of Glasgow


  • RT Nursing
  • Midwifery

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Research Output 1998 2018

  • 161 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 3 Comment/debate
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Meeting abstract

Routinely collected infant feeding data: time for global action in the era of big data

Whitford, H., Hoddinott, P., Amir, L. H., Chamberlain, C., East, C. E., Jones, L. & Renfrew, M. 21 May 2018 In : Maternal and Child Nutrition.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Breast Feeding
Smoking Cessation
Health Policy
Public Health

Antenatal care trial interventions: a systematic scoping review and taxonomy development of care models

Symon, A., Pringle, J., Downe, S., Hundley, V., Lee, E., Lynn, F., McFadden, A., McNeill, J., Renfrew, M., Ross-Davie, M., van Teijlingen, E. R., Whitford, H. & Alderdice, F. 6 Jan 2017 In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 17, p. 1-16 16 p., 8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Prenatal Care
Randomized Controlled Trials

Breastfeeding education and support for women with twins or higher order multiples

Whitford, H. M., Wallis, S. K., Dowswell, T., West, H. M. & Renfrew, M. J. 28 Feb 2017 In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2, p. 1-54 54 p., CD012003

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Breast Feeding
Postpartum Period
Breast Milk Expression
Multiple Birth Offspring
3 Citations

Cluster randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive for mothers to improve breast feeding in areas with low breastfeeding rates: The NOSH study protocol

Relton, C., Strong, M., Renfrew, M. J., Thomas, K., Burrows, J., Whelan, B., Whitford, H. M., Scott, E., Fox-Rushby, J., Anoyke, N., Sanghera, S., Johnson, M., Easton, S. & Walters, S. Apr 2016 In : BMJ Open. 6, 4, p. 1-8 8 p., e010158

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Breast Feeding
Randomized Controlled Trials


Nursing students’ attitudes towards older people and nursing older people: a comparison of two attitudinal measurement scales

Author: Dingwall, L., 2018

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor) & Whitford, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science


Pelvic floor exercises, incontinence and pregnancy: knowledge, motivation and behaviour

Author: Whitford, H. M., 2002

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor) & Alder, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy