NCT Scholars showcases academic work of NCT practitioners and staff on maternity and transition to parenthood topics, including publications and unpublished theses not available elsewhere.

Published work

Thomson G, Trickey H. What works for breastfeeding peer support - time to get real. EMJ Gynecology and Obstetrics 2013;1:15-22.

Trickey H, Newburn M. Goals, dilemmas and assumptions in infant feeding education and support. Applying theory of constraints thinking tools to develop new priorities for action. Maternal and Child Nutrition 2012; DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00417.x  Full text available at:

Newburn M.  The best of both worlds - Parents' motivations for using an alongside birth centre from an ethnographic study. Midwifery 2012;28(1):61-6. View abstract.

Newburn M. Goal! Making antenatal courses work for men. Practising Midwife 2012;15(7):22-6.

Jones L, Othman M, Dowswell T, et al. Pain management for women in labour: an overview of systematic reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD009234. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009234.pub2.

Newburn M. Evidence should enable informed decision making, not limit choice. Practising Midwife 2012;15(4):5.

Brett J, Staniszewka S, Newburn M, et al. A systematic mapping review of effective interventions for communicating with, supporting and providing information to parents of preterm infants. BMJ Open 2011; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2010-000023

Newburn M, Taylor S. First-time mothers and fathers attending NCT antenatal courses: aspirations and experiences. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 2011;21(4):475-80.

Ward S. Emotional wellbeing of mature female students with children: a study into the mental and emotional health needs of mothers with young children in higher education.
Koln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing; 2009. ISBN: 978-3838317939. MSc Health Promotion & Health Education.

Unpublished theses

Nina Smith What role do antenatal classes play for men in their transition to parenthood? MA by research, 1998.

Mary Newburn An emerging model for maternity care: a pilot ethnographic study of an inner-city birth centre. MSc Public Health, 2009.

Heather Welford "Home: where the heart is?"  Can home visiting programmes support the development of healthy infant-maternal relationships in the UK? MSc Health Sciences, 2009.

Angela Sherridan Breastfeeding peer counsellors' reflections on their support role in a northern town. MPhil, 2009.

Rebecca Westland Supporting breastfeeding - exploring mothers' expectations and priorities within their local community MA in Working with Communities, 2012.