Professor Jill Shawe

Professor Jill Shawe

Director of IHC & Professor in Maternal and Family Health

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)


Clinical Expertise and Current Clinical Practice.
Specialist Nurse/Midwife Reproductive Health. Honorary Associate Director of Nursing/Midwifery Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust 


Jill is a Clinical Academic Nurse/Midwife with extensive experience of working in the field of Women’s Health and as a Senior Manager in Higher Education. Jill Leads a Programme of Research & Education in Periconception Care (PREPARE).

Educational Qualifications:
PhD University of Surrey Preconception Care in Women with Diabetes
MSc. Social and Behavioural Health City University London.
Post Graduate Certificate in Education University of Surrey.
Certificate in Management Studies Guildford College

Professional Qualifications: NMC : 77H1134E
State Registered Nurse Charing Cross Hospital London
Registered Midwife St Peters Hospital Chertsey
Registered Health Visitor Surrey Health Authority/NESCOT
Registered Nurse Teacher University of Surrey
Non-medical Prescriber King’s College London

Post Registration Awards:
Advanced Fertility Awareness Fertility UK Oxford
Specialist Practitioner Reproductive Health RCN London
ENB 103 Advanced Reproductive Health RCN London
ENB N07 Sexual Health B & I College Of Nursing London
ENB N21 Genetic Screening. Institute Of Child Health London
ENB 901 Family Planning. B & I College Of Nursing London
ENB N28 Health promotion. B & I College Of Nursing London
ENB 998 Teaching / Assessing. B & I College Of Nursing London

Professional membership

Royal College Nursing.
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College Obstetricians& Gynaecologists Faculty Sexual & Reproductive Health, Associate Member.
European Society Contraception Full member.
Association for the Study of Obesity Full member

Roles on external bodies

Associate Editor BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
National Advisory Group for the Commissioning of Contraception & Abortion Services in England. 
Consultant Swiss Precision Diagnostics (Clearblue) Scientific Advisory Board.
Member Royal College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Faculty SRH Research Group.
Member Royal College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Faculty Training Committee.
Member NICE LARC Adherence Research Advisory Committee.
Member NICE Sexual Health Review Consultation Group.
Peer reviewer – Contraception, Human Fertility, EJ Contraception, Diabetes Journals.

Teaching interests

Perinatal care
Women's health
Research methods

Research interests

Preconception / Periconception care 

Pregnancy in Women with Chronic Medical Conditions
Contraception and Sexual Health
Vulnerable groups

Key publications are highlighted

Jones F, Whitehouse A, Dopson A, Palaghias N, Aldiss S, Gibson F & Shawe J 2019 'Reducing unintentional injuries in under fives: Development and testing of a mobile phone app' Child: Care, Health and Development 46, (2) 203-212 , DOI
Maslin K, Douek I, Greenslade B & Shawe J 2019 'Nutritional and perinatal outcomes of pregnant women with a history of bariatric surgery: a case series from a UK centre' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI
Patel D, Blandford A, Warner M, Shawe J & Stephenson J 2019 '"I feel like only half a man"' Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 3, (CSCW) 1-20 , DOI
Marsh W, Robinson A, Shawe J & Gallagher A 2019 'Removal of babies at birth and the moral distress of midwives' Nursing Ethics 096973301987450-096973301987450 , DOI
Maslin K, James A, Brown A, Bogaerts A & Shawe J 2019 'What Is Known About the Nutritional Intake of Women during Pregnancy Following Bariatric Surgery? A Scoping Review' Nutrients 11, (9) 2116-2116 , DOI
Shawe J, Ceulemans D, Akhter Z, Neff K, Hart K, Heslehurst N, Štotl I, Agrawal S, Steegers-Theunissen R & Taheri S 2019 'Pregnancy after bariatric surgery: Consensus recommendations for periconception, antenatal and postnatal care' Obesity Reviews , DOI PEARL
Grace B, Shawe J, Johnson S & Stephenson J 2019 'You did not turn up… I did not realise I was invited…: understanding male attitudes towards engagement in fertility and reproductive health discussions' Human Reproduction Open 2019, (3) , DOI PEARL
Shawe J, Patel D, Joy M, Howden B, Barrett G & Stephenson J 2019 'Preparation for fatherhood: A survey of men's preconception health knowledge and behaviour in England' PLoS ONE 14, (3) e0213897-e0213897 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Sijpkens MK, van den Hazel CZ, Delbaere I, Tydén T, Mogilevkina I, Steegers EAP, Shawe J & Rosman AN 2019 'Results of a Dutch national and subsequent international expert meeting on interconception care' Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 1-9 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Hopper H, Shawe J, Husk KM, Wanner AA & Kent BC 2018 'What approaches to peri-conception care for women with pre-existing medical conditions work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A protocol for a realist review' SM Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics CRD42018116948, PEARL
Goemaes R, Shawe J, Beeckman D, Decoene E, Verhaeghe S & Van Hecke A 2018 'Factors influencing the implementation of advanced midwife practitioners in healthcare settings: a qualitative study' Midwifery PEARL
Allan HT, Mounce G, Crespo E & Shawe J 2018 'Preconception care for infertile couples: Nurses' and midwives' roles in promoting better maternal and birth outcomes' Journal of Clinical Nursing 27, (23-24) 4411-4418 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bye A, Shawe J, Bick D, Easter A, Kash-Macdonald M & Micali N 2018 'Barriers to identifying eating disorders in pregnancy and in the postnatal period: a qualitative approach' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 18, (1) 114-114 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Shawe J, McGregor F, Stretch R, Robinson A & Cannon E 2018 'Improving the sexual health of homeless people: Does providing care within hostels improve contraceptive use and uptake of sexual health screening?' Nursing Times PEARL
Marsh W, Leamon J, Robinson A & Shawe J 2018 'LEARNS: A creative approach to analysing and representing narrative data incorporating photo-elicitation techniques' Journal of Research in Nursing 23, (4) , DOI PEARL
Shawe J 2017 'Contraception, menstruation and sexuality after bariatric surgery: a prospective cohort study' Obesity Surgery PEARL
Nwolise CH, Carey N & Shawe J 2017 'Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of a preconception and diabetes information app for women with pregestational diabetes: A mixed-methods study protocol' DIGITAL HEALTH 3, 205520761772641-205520761772641 , DOI PEARL
Nwolise CH, Carey N & Shawe J 2016 'Preconception Care Education for Women With Diabetes: A Systematic Review of Conventional and Digital Health Interventions' Journal of Medical Internet Research 18, (11) e291-e291 , DOI
Goemaes R, Beeckman D, Goossens J, Shawe J, Verhaeghe S & Van Hecke A 2016 'Advanced midwifery practice: An evolutionary concept analysis' Midwifery 42, 29-37 , DOI
Bye A, Shawe J, Stephenson J, Bick D, Brima N & Micali N 2016 'Differences in pre-conception and pregnancy healthy lifestyle advice by maternal BMI: Findings from a cross sectional survey' Midwifery 42, 38-45 , DOI
Ojukwu O, Patel D, Stephenson J, Howden B & Shawe J 2016 'General practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes and views of providing preconception care: a qualitative investigation' Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences 121, (4) 256-263 , DOI PEARL
Edison E, Whyte M, van Vlymen J, Jones S, Gatenby P, de Lusignan S & Shawe J 2016 'Bariatric Surgery in Obese Women of Reproductive Age Improves Conditions That Underlie Fertility and Pregnancy Outcomes: Retrospective Cohort Study of UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR)' Obesity Surgery 26, (12) 2837-2842 , DOI
Whyte M, Johnson R, Cooke D, Hart K, McCormack M & Shawe J 2016 'Diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus in women following bariatric surgery: A national survey of lead diabetes midwives' British Journal of Midwifery 24, (6) 434-438 , DOI
Marsh W, Shawe J, Robinson A & Leamon J 2016 'Moving pictures: The inclusion of photo-elicitation into a narrative study of mothers' and midwives' experiences of babies removed at birth' Evidence Based Midwifery 14, (2) 44-48
Robinson A, Nwolise C & Shawe J 2016 'Contraception for women with diabetes: challenges and solutions' Open Access Journal of Contraception 11-11 , DOI
Barrett G, Shawe J, Howden B, Patel D, Ojukwu O, Pandya P & Stephenson J 2015 'Why do women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care? A qualitative investigation with women attending maternity services' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15, (1) , DOI
Allan HT, Odelius AC, Hunter BJ, Bryan K, Knibb W, Shawe J & Gallagher A 2015 'Supporting staff to respond effectively to informal complaints: findings from an action research study' Journal of Clinical Nursing 24, (15-16) 2106-2114 , DOI
Allan HT, Odelius A, Hunter BJ, Bryan K, Knibb W & Shawe J 2015 'Gatekeeping access to the midwifery unit: Managing complaints by bending the rules' Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 19, (6) 652-669 , DOI
Shawe J, Delbaere I, Ekstrand M, Hegaard HK, Larsson M, Mastroiacovo P, Stern J, Steegers E, Stephenson J & Tydén T 2014 'Preconception care policy, guidelines, recommendations and services across six European countries: Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom' The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care 20, (2) 77-87 , DOI
Marsh W, Robinson A, Gallagher A & Shawe J 2014 'Removing babies from mothers at birth: Midwives' experiences' British Journal of Midwifery 22, (9) 620-624 , DOI
Stephenson J, Patel D, Barrett G, Howden B, Copas A, Ojukwu O, Pandya P & Shawe J 2014 'How Do Women Prepare for Pregnancy? Preconception Experiences of Women Attending Antenatal Services and Views of Health Professionals' PLoS ONE 9, (7) e103085-e103085 , DOI
Whyte M, Pring C, Cooke D, Hart K, McGowan BM, Subramanian D & Shawe J 2014 'Pregnancy after diabetes obesity surgery (PADOS): Incidence and outcomes' Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women's Cardiovascular Health 4, (3) 239-239 , DOI
Shawe J, Cooke D, Hart K, McGowan BM, Pring C, Subramanian D & Whyte M 2014 'Pregnancy after diabetes obesity surgery (PADOS): Qualitative study of pre-pregnancy care' Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women's Cardiovascular Health 4, (3) 238-238 , DOI
Shawe J 2014 'Girl Trouble: Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 40, (3) 231-231 , DOI
Panicker S, Mann S, Shawe J & Stephenson J 2014 'Evolution of extended use of the combined oral contraceptive pill' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 40, (2) 133-141 , DOI
2013 'Obesity: A Ticking Time Bomb for Reproductive Health' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 40, (1) 40-40 , DOI
Flower A, Shawe J, Stephenson J & Doyle P 2013 'Pregnancy planning, smoking behaviour during pregnancy, and neonatal outcome: UK millennium cohort study' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 13, (1) , DOI PEARL
Backhausen MG, Ekstrand M, Tydén T, Magnussen BK, Shawe J, Stern J & Hegaard HK 2013 'Pregnancy planning and lifestyle prior to conception and during early pregnancy among Danish women' The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care 19, (1) 57-65 , DOI
Stephenson J, Shawe J, Panicker S, Brima N, Copas A, Sauer U, Wilkinson C, Akintomide H & O’Brien P 2013 'Randomized trial of the effect of tailored versus standard use of the combined oral contraceptive pill on continuation rates at 1 year' Contraception 88, (4) 523-531 , DOI
Allan HT, O'Driscoll M, Simpson V & Shawe J 2013 'Teachers' views of using e-learning for non-traditional students in higher education across three disciplines [nursing, chemistry and management] at a time of massification and increased diversity in higher education' Nurse Education Today 33, (9) 1068-1073 , DOI
Peake JN, Copp AJ & Shawe J 2013 'Knowledge and periconceptional use of folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects in ethnic communities in the United Kingdom: Systematic review and meta-analysis' Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology 97, (7) 444-451 , DOI
Box M & Shawe J 2013 'The experiences of adults with learning disabilities attending a sexuality and relationship group:“I want to get married and have kids”' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 40, (2) 82-88 , DOI
Graham CA, Panicker S, Shawe J & Stephenson J 2013 'Women's experiences with tailored use of a combined oral contraceptive: a qualitative study' Human Reproduction 28, (6) 1620-1625 , DOI
Panzetta S & Shawe J 2013 'Lactational amenorrhoea method: the evidence is there, why aren't we using it?' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 39, (2) 136-138 , DOI
Shawe J, Cox S, Penny N, White A & Wilkinson C 2013 'A service-based approach to nurse training in sexual and reproductive health care' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 39, (4) 285-288 , DOI
Hindson D, Colliety P, Shawe J & Williams P 2012 'An audit review of end-of-life care for inpatients with diabetes' Journal of Diabetes Nursing 16, (4) 154-159
Shawe J, Smith P & Stephenson J 2011 'Use of contraception by women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus: ‘It's funny that nobody really spoke to me about it’' The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care 16, (5) 350-358 , DOI
Shawe J, Mann S & Stephenson J 2009 'The move to integrated contraception and sexual health services: have we forgotten family 'planning'?' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 35, (4) 250-253 , DOI
Shawe J, Mulnier H, Nicholls P & Lawrenson R 2008 'Use of hormonal contraceptive methods by women with diabetes' Primary Care Diabetes 2, (4) 195-199 , DOI
Shawe J & Lawrenson R 2003 'Hormonal Contraception in Women with Diabetes Mellitus' Treatments in Endocrinology 2, (5) 321-330 , DOI
Shawe J, Ineichen B & Lawrenson R 2001 'Emergency contraception: Who are the users?' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 27, (4) 209-212 , DOI
Conference Papers
Grace B, Shawe J, Johnson S & Stephenson J 2019 'Understanding gender differences in factors influencing family-building decisions' 469-469
Grace B, Shawe J, Johnson S & Stephenson J 2018 'You did not turn up. I did not realise I was invited ... : Understanding male attitudes towards fertility awareness and poor engagement' 86-86
Grace B, Shawe J & Stephenson J 2017 'Have we left family out of family planning?' 68-68
Coleman M, Hinton W, McGovern A, de Lusignan S & Shawe J 2017 'Preconception folic acid uptake in women with diabetes of childbearing age: findings from the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Surveillance Centre' 163-163
Robinson A, McCormack M, Hart K, Cooke D, Whyte M, Gozzo TDO & Shawe J 2017 'Contraception and counselling for women undergoing bariatric surgery: a qualitative pilot study of women's experiences and health care professional views' 16-16
Marsh W, Shawe J, Gallagher A & Robinson A 2014 'Babies' Removed at Birth: Narratives of Mothers' and Midwives' E20-E21
Hopper HJ, Shawe J, Kent B, Husk K & Wanner A 0 'What approaches to peri-conception care for women with pre-existing medical conditions work, for whom, and in what circumstances? The development of a protocol for a realist review as part of a PhD study' Royal College of Midwives Conference 2018