Nursing and Midwifery Research

The aim of the nursing and midwifery research team at KEMH is to develop and support excellence in nursing and midwifery care.
The team’s objectives are to:
  • discover new knowledge
  • support the implementation and evaluation of relevant, innovative clinical initiatives
  • nurture novice researchers
  • engage clinician nurses and midwives in research activities
  • support nurses and midwives enrolled in higher degrees by research programmes
  • pursue funds for research
  • disseminate research findings at conferences and in professional journals
  • provide methodological guidance for research design
For more information, please email

 Name Position  Phone  Email 
Yvonne Hauck Professor of Midwifery, Curtin University (joint appointment)

(08) 6458 3008
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Lucy Lewis Midwifery Research Fellow, Curtin University (joint appointment)

(08) 6458 3024
Curtin Profile
Laurene Aydon 

Neonatal Nursing Researcher

(08) 6458 3014
Natalie Williams 

Gynaecology Nursing Researcher

(08) 6458 3007

Current Projects


  • Stopping intravenous oxytocin post birth in spontaneous vaginal delivery following induction of labour with oxytocin: a comparison of three regimes.
  • Midwives perceptions of how women’s mobile phone use impacts their ability to provide care in labour ward.
  • Australian women’s’ experiences of breastfeeding in public (Australian component of an international study with Ireland and Sweden.
  • Midwifery students’ perceptions and experiences of ‘being with woman’. 
  • Evaluation of Adolescent Services at King Edward Memorial Hospital. 
  • A cost analysis of induction of labour for primiparous women requiring cervical ripening.

Neonatal Nursing

  • Evaluation of Breastfeeding Centre referrals for late pre term and early term infants. 
  • Golden Hour Study: an audit reviewing the methodology around stabilising preterm babies being admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital. 

Gynaecology Nursing

  • The care of women experiencing early pregnancy loss: the role of the nurse in the gynaecological setting

Completed Projects (2016 and 2017)

  • Mothers’ and support persons’ experiences of maternity high-dependency care following a complicated birth.
  • Mother Baby Nurture Group evaluation. Collaboration between Women Newborn Health Service, The Bump WA and Playgroup WA. 
  • Portable electronic devices used on labour ward by women and their support people. 
  • King Edward Memorial Hospital midwives’ experience of screening women for anxiety using the Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS). 
  • Parent Infant Feeding Initiative: a study to enhance breastfeeding duration. Collaboration between School of Public Health and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University. 
  • Evaluation of morbidity and mortality associated with home birth in Western Australia. Collaboration between King Edward Memorial Hospital, Women and Infant Research Foundation, University of Western Australian & Curtin University. 
  • Midwives’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Perception of Learning Needs around Vaccinations for Pregnant Women. Collaboration between King Edward Memorial Hospital, Curtin University and Communicable Disease Control Directorate WA Health.
  • Waterbirth projects: 1) Midwives’ perception of their education, knowledge and practice around immersion in water for labour or birth 2) Obstetric and neonatal outcomes for women intending to use immersion in water for labour and birth 3) The perceptions and experiences of women who achieved and did not achieve a waterbirth.
  • Supportive care needs of women undergoing gynaecology cancer treatment.
  • Reporting the incidence of unplanned extubation in the neonatal in the neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Transition from hospital to home: Parents’ perception of their preparation and readiness for discharge with their preterm infant.

Manuscripts published in 2016, 2017 and 2018


  • Regan, A., Hauck, Y., Nicolaou, L., Engelbrecht, D., Butt , J., Mak, D., Priest, R., Cukierman, R., & Effler, P. Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and learning needs regarding antenatal vaccination. Accepted by Midwifery in April 2018.
  • Leidel, S., Hauck, Y. & McGough, S. ‘It’s about fitting in with the organization’: a qualitative study of employers of nurse practitioners. Accepted by Journal of the Clinical Nursing in January 2018.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Butt, J. & Hornbuckle, J. (2018). Obstetric and neonatal outcomes for women intending to use immersion in water for labour and birth in Western Australia (2015-2016): A retrospective audit of clinical outcomes. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1-9. DOI: 10.1111/ajo.12758.
  • Aydon L., Zimmer M., Sharp M. (2018) Reporting the incidence of unplanned extubation in the neonatal in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health Accepted for publication 5 January 2018. doi:10.1111/jpc.13850
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Crichton, C., Barnes, C., Poletti, C., Overing, H., Keys, L. & Thomson, B. (2018). The perceptions and experiences of women who achieved and did not achieve a waterbirth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 18(1), 23. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1637-5.
  • Ronchi, F., Lewis, L., Hauck, Y. & Doherty, D. (2018). Non-smoking buddy support within a comprehensive smoking cessation intervention for young pregnant Australian women. Midwifery, 59, 68-73.
  • Bosco, A., Williams, N., Graham, J., Malagas, D. & Hauck, Y. (2018). Developing research priorities for nurses working in the gynaecology setting in Western Australia. Collegian, 25, 73-80.


  • Frayne, J., Nguyen, T., Bennett, K., Allen, S., Hauck, Y. & Liira, H. (2017). The effects of gestational use with antidepressants and antipsychotics on neonatal outcomes for women with severe mental illness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, doi:10.1111/ajo.12621.
  • Bradfield, Z., Duggan, R., Hauck, Y., & Kelly, M. (2017). Midwives being ‘with woman’: an integrative review. Women and Birth, doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.07.011.
  • Stoll, K., Hauck, Y., Downe, S. Payne, D. & Hall, W. (2017). Preference for cesarean section in young nulligravid women in eight OECD countries and implications for reproductive health education. BMC Reproductive Health, 14:116 DOI 10.1186/s12978-017-0354-x. 
  • Skouteris, H., Bailey, C., Nagel, C., Hauck, Y., Bruce, L. & Morris, H. (2017). Interventions designed to promote exclusive breastfeeding in high-income countries: a systematic review update. Breastfeeding Medicine. DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2017.0065.
  • Frayne, J., Nguyen, T., Mok, T., Hauck, Y. & Liira, H. (2017). Lithium exposure during pregnancy: outcomes for women who attended a specialist antenatal clinic. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 15:1-9. doi:10.1080/0167482X.2017.1337743.
  • Kuliukas, L., Hauck, Y., Lewis, L. & Duggan, R. (2017). The woman, partner and midwife: an integration of three journeys of intrapartum transfer from a birth centre to a tertiary obstetric unit. Women and Birth, 30, e125-e131.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Allsop, S. & Doherty, D. (2017). A multiple component intervention to assist young pregnant smokers to cease smoking: a randomised controlled pilot study. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 8:1.
  • Frayne, J. & Hauck, Y. (2017). Enjoying a healthy pregnancy: the GP’s essential role in health promotion. Australian Family Physician, 46, 20-25.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Pemberton, A., Crichton, C. & Butt, J. (2017). ‘Teaching on the Run’ with Australian midwives in a tertiary maternity hospital. Nurse Education in Practice, 22, 47-54.
  • Aydon L., Hauck Y., Murdoch J., Siu D., Sharp M. (2017) Transition from hospital to home: Parents’ perception of their preparation and readiness for discharge with their preterm infant. Journal Clinical Nursing 1–9. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13883
  • Williams, N., Hauck, Y., & Bosco, A. (2017). Nurses’ perceptions of providing psychosexual care to women experiencing gynaecological cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 30, 35-42.
  • Harrison, C., Hauck, Y., & Ashby, R. (2017). Breaking down stigma: a qualitative study reflecting opinions from Western Australian nurses. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24(7), 513-522. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12392.
  • Nguyen, T., Hauck, Y., Pedruzzi, R., Frayne, J., Rock, D. & Dragovic, M. (2017). Sexual health behaviours of women with severe mental illness: An exploratory survey of Western Australian Community Mental Health Services. Health Care for Women International, 38(7), 705-714.


  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Crichton, C., Western, C., Dohorty, D. & Allsop, S. (2016). An exploration of young Australian women’s smoking goals across the trajectory of pregnancy and post birth. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 7,6.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ashton, E., Engelbrecht, D., Nicolaou, L., Crichton, C. & Spence, M. (2016). Maternity patients’ perception of health professionals’ compliance with two quality improvement outcomes: hand hygiene and skin to skin contact with a newborn infant. Evidence Based Midwifery, 14(4), 125-130.
  • Aydon, L., Hauck, Y., Zimmer, M. & Murdoch, J. (2016). Factors influencing a nurse’s decision to question an aspect of medication administration. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(17-18), 2468-2477.
  • Barnett, L., Hauck, Y. & Lewis, L. (2016). Midwives’ journey through the first year of a hospital based midwifery group practice. International Journal of Childbirth, 6(4), 197-205.
  • Kelly, R., Hauck, Y. & Thomas, S. (2016). Salutogenesis: a framework for perinatal mental wellbeing. Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 13(2), 4-9.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Crichton, C., Brown, A., Spence, M. & Kelly, G. (2016). An overview of the first ‘no exit’ Midwifery Group Practice in a tertiary maternity hospital in Western Australia: outcomes, satisfaction and perceptions of care. Women and Birth, 29, 494-502.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Allsop, S. & Doherty, D. (2016). Psychosocial characteristics and smoking behaviour in young Western Australian pregnant women at their first hospital appointment. Public Health Journal, 137, 192-195.
  • Etherton, H., Blunden, S. & Hauck, Y. (2016). Discussion of extinction-based behavioural sleep interventions for young children and reasons why parents may find them difficult. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(11): 1535-1543.
  • Hauck, Y., Stoll, K., Hall, W. & Downie, J. (2016). Association between childbirth attitudes and fear on birth preferences of a future generation of young Australian parents. Women and Birth, 29, 511-517.
  • Hauck, Y., Fisher, C., Byrne, J. & Bayes, S. (2016). Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education: incorporating adult and experiential learning with mindfulness based stress reduction in childbirth education. Journal of Perinatal Education, 25(3),162-173.
  • Regan, A., Mak, D., Hauck, Y., Gibbs, R., Tracey, L., Effler, P. (2016). Trends in seasonal influenza vaccine uptake during pregnancy in Western Australia: implications for midwives. Women and Birth, 29, 423-429.
  • Hauck, Y., Blixt, I., Hildingsson, I., Gallagher, L., Rubertsson, C., Thomson, B. & Lewis, L. (2016). Australian, Irish and Swedish women’s perceptions of what assisted them to breastfeed for six months: exploratory design using critical incident technique. BMC Public Health, 16:1067.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Pemberton, A., Crichton, C. & Conwell, M. (2016). Titration of intravenous oxytocin post birth following induction and augmentation in the absence of postpartum haemorrhage. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 9, 35-37.
  • Stoll, K., Hauck, Y., Downe, S., Edmonds, J., Gross, M., Malott, A., McNiven, P., Swift, E., Thompson, G. & Hall, W. (2016). Cross cultural development and psychometric evaluation of a new measure to assess fear of childbirth prior to pregnancy. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 8:49-54.
  • Jones, B., Michael, R., Butt, J. & Hauck, Y. (2016). Tanzanian midwives’ perception of their professional role and implications for continuing professional development education. Nurse Education in Practice, 17:116-122.
  • Ball, C., Hauck, Y., Kuliukas, L., Lewis, L. & Doherty, D. (2016). Under scrutiny: midwives’ experience of intrapartum transfer from home to hospital within the context of a planned homebirth. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 8:88-93.
  • Blunden, S., Etherton, H., & Hauck, Y. (2016) Resistance to cry intensive sleep interventions in young children: are we ignoring children’s cries or parental concerns? Children, 3,8. doi:10.3390/children3020008.
  • Bennett, E., Hauck, Y., Radford, G. & Bindahneem, S. (2016). An exploration of nursing and social work roles when working jointly with a family. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30(2):232-237.
  • Nicholls, S., Hauck, Y., Bayes, S. & Butt, J. (2016). Exploring midwives’ perception of confidence around facilitating water birth in Western Australia: A qualitative descriptive study. Midwifery, 33:73-81.
  • Kuliukas, K., Duggan, R., Lewis, L. & Hauck, Y. (2016). Women's experience of intrapartum transfer from a Western Australian birth centre to a tertiary maternity hospital. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16:33.
  • Lewis, L., Hauck, Y., Ronchi, F., Crichton, C. & Waller, L. (2016). Gaining insight into how women conceptualise satisfaction: Western Australian women’s perception of their maternity care services. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16:29.
  • Hauck, Y., Lewis, L., Kuliukas, L., Butt, J. & Wood, J. (2016). Graduate midwives’ perception of their preparation and support in using evidence to advocate for women’s choice: A Western Australian study. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1),305-311.
  • Stoll, K., Hauck, Y. & Hall, Y. (2016). Home or hospital? Midwife or physician? Preferences for maternity are provider and place of birth among Western Australia students. Women and Birth, 29, e33-38.
  • Kuliukas, L., Lewis, L., Hauck, Y. & Duggan, R. (2016). Midwives’ experiences of intrapartum transfer from a Western Australian birth centre to a tertiary maternity hospital. Women and Birth, 29, 18-23.