Colm Oboyle
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Colm trained as a nurse in Belfast City Hospital after completing a BSc in Botany and Genetics at Queens University Belfast. He worked as a nurse in James' Hospital Dublin in various general medical and surgical areas before returning to Belfast to undertake Midwifery education at the Northern Ireland college of Midwifery and in the Jubilee Maternity Hospital. There he worked in all midwifery areas but mostly in Delivery Suite. He completed an MSc in Midwifery before travelling to work in Malawi (SE Africa) as nurse /midwife teacher. He gained considerable teaching experience and midwifery experience in normal, twin and breech delivery. On return from Africa, Colm took up a midwifery teacher position in the Rotunda Hospital where he worked for 4 years and completed a PG Diploma in Clinical Health Science Education. In September 2004 he was seconded to TCD as lecturer in Midwifery where he is now Assistant Professor of Midwifery. He has taught on and co-ordinated various courses including the Bachelor of Midwifery Studies, BSc Midwifery, PG Dip Midwifery and Masters in Midwifery Practice and Leadership. In 2006 he won HRB funding for his doctoral study into Independent midwifery and home birth in Ireland and he graduated in 2010. From 2006 until 2012 Colm undertook to provide support for women seeking home births in the Dublin area. Colm's continuing postdoctoral interest is in capacity building for community midwifery and home birth in Irleand.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gallagher L, Lawler D, Brady V, OBoyle C, Deasy A, Muldoon K, An evaluation of the appropriateness and effectiveness of structured reflection for midwifery students in Ireland, Nurse Education in Practice, 22, 2017, p7 - 14 Journal Article, 2017

Lalor, Joan Gabrielle, Brady, Anne-Marie, Ryan, Padhraig, Hasson, Felicity, McKenna, Hugh, Sheaf, Greg, Vilinsky-Redmond, Aliona, Pittalis, Chiara, OBoyle, Colm, Systematic literature review of the evidence to inform the future education, role and function of the maternity care assistants in Ireland , Dublin, Health Service Executive, April , 2017, p1 - 227 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text

OBoyle, C., Brady, V. and Timmins F., Making space for spirituality in childbirth, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

OBoyle, C, Deliberately unassisted birth in Ireland: Understanding choice in Irish Maternity Services, British Journal of Midwifery, 24, (3), 2016, p181 - 187 Journal Article, 2016

Fiona Timmins, Maryanne Murphy, Sílvia Caldeira, Eimear Ging, Carole King, Vivienne Brady, Jacqueline Whelan, Colm OBoyle , John Kelly, Freda Neill , Geralyn Hynes, Kathleen Neenan, Nicolas Pujol, Lisa Fitzgerald, Deborah Hayden, Barbara Sweeney, Mary Threadgold, Michael O' Sullivan, Bernadette Flanagan, Elizabeth Weathers , Philip Larkin, Therese Meehan, Karen Ward, Hannah Chew, Eunice Minford, Mandy Lee, Margaret Mulchaire, Anne Mc Auliffe, PJ Boyle, Noel Keating, Brian Nolan , The Development of a Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), Religions, 7, (3), 2016, p30 - 34 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Reynolds, Alison; OBoyle, Colm , Nurses' experiences of leech therapy in plastic and reconstructive surgery, British Journal of Nursing , 25, (13), 2016, p729 - 733 Journal Article, 2016

Timmins, F. McSherry, W. OBoyle, C., Brady, V. and Caldeira, S., Special Issue "International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Sowing the Seeds"-Trinity College Dublin, Religions, 7, (11), 2016, p126- Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

OBoyle, C, Freebirth in Ireland, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery, 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference 2015, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery, 3-4 November 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

OBoyle, C, Freebirth in Ireland , Normal Labour and Birth 10th Research Conference 'Into the Future' , Grange over Sands, Cumbria, UK , 15th - 17th June , 2015 Poster, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Biesty, L, OBoyle, C, Lalor J, Begley C., Choosing home birth in Ireland, 5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Galway, 30th and 31st March, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Eileen Kenny, Colm OBoyle, An exploration of the unmet demand for home birth in Ireland., International Journal of Childbirth, 5, (1), 2015, p20 - 32 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Writing of one's own culture An auto-ethnography of home birth midwifery in Ireland in, editor(s)Fiona Dykes and Renée Flacking , Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health, Oxford, Routledge , 2015, pp53 - 72, [OBoyle, C] Book Chapter, 2015

OBoyle, C, Lalor JG, Maths and miscommunications, AIMS Journal, 27, (2), 2015, p22 - 23 Journal Article, 2015

OBoyle, C, Why is it so hard? how the HSE removes agency, making homebirth in Ireland so difficult, AIMS Journal, 27, (1), 2015, p15 - 17 Journal Article, 2015

Biesty, L, Lalor, J, OBoyle, C, The home and hospital interface in maternity care in Ireland - experiences of Self Employed Community Midwives during in-labour transfers, Optimising Childbirth Across Europe, Brussels, 9-10 April, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Colm OBoyle, The context and consequences of professional indemnification of home birth midwifery in Ireland., International Journal of Childbirth , 4, (1), 2014, p39 - 54 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Biesty, L, Lalor, J, OBoyle, C, Ethnography of Home Birth - "my Midwife" , 14th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, 6-7 November, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Colm OBoyle, 'Being with' while retaining and asserting professional midwifery power and authority in home birth. , Journal of Organisational Ethnography , 3, (2), 2014, p204 - 223 Journal Article, 2014

Eileen Kenny, Colm OBoyle, An exploration of the unmet demand for home birth in Ireland, 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference and Student Colloquium, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin , 5th- 7th November 20, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

OBoyle, Colm , 'Just waiting to be hauled over the coals': Home birth midwifery in Ireland, Midwifery, 29, (8), 2013, p988 - 995 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Colm OBoyle, Kathryn Muldoon , Incorporating and facilitating reflective practice into an undergraduate midwifery education programme. , INMED Irish Network of Medical Educators , Trinity College Dublin , 19th May , 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Biesty, L, Lalor, J, OBoyle, C, An Ethnographic Study of In-Labour Transfer to Hospital for Homebirth- To be there or not to be there? , Ethnography Symposium, Keele University, Liverpool, 5-7 September 2011, 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Colm OBoyle, Dell Horey, Mike Clarke, Cecily Begley, Declan Devane., The use of an e-delphi method to identify core maternity outcome measures. , COMET Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials, Bristol, 11th June 2011, 2011, pp11- Oral Presentation, 2011 URL

Colm OBoyle, Dell Horey, Mike Clarke, Cecily Begley, Declan Devane., The use of an e-delphi method to identify core maternity outcome measures. , COMET , Bristol , 11th July , 2011 Poster, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Biesty, L., LALOR, J., OBoyle, C, An Ethnographic Study of In-Labour Transfer to Hospital for Planned Home Birth - The Beginning, School of Nursing & Midwifery 3rd bi annual conference, Galway, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Daly D, OBoyle C., Time to make midwifery matter in Ireland, The Practising Midwife, 13, (2), 2010, p15 - 17 Journal Article, 2010

Colm OBoyle, Professionalism and Midwifery in Ireland, Work, Organisation and Ethnography, Queen Mary, University of London, 1st - 3rd Sept 2010, 2010 Oral Presentation, 2010

Colm OBoyle, An Ethnography of Independent Midwifery in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, 2009 Thesis, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Colm OBoyle, Independent home birth midwifery in Ireland, Ethnographic Futures Conference, , University of Liverpool Management School , 2009, 2009 Oral Presentation, 2009

ColmOBoyle, Artefacts: Enculturated Objects : from an Ethnography of Independent Midwifery in Ireland, 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Health Conference, , TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery , 2008, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Colm OBoyle, Independent midwives as advocates of home birth in Ireland: A compromised position? , University of Liverpool Management School / Keele University Ethnographic Futures Conference, , Liverpool , 2008, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Colm OBoyle, The dilemmas and potential inherent in full participation and autoethnography, 9th Advances in Qualitative Research Methods Conference , Banff Canada , October 2008 , 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Colm OBoyle, Buying in to governance, playing into their hands ? , 14th Qualitative Health Research Conference, , Banff Canada , October 2008, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Colm OBoyle, An ethnography of Independent Midwifery in Ireland: the wisdom or otherwise of integrating autobiography in ethnography., University of Liverpool Management School / Keele University Ethnographic Futures Conference, , Keele , 2007, 2007 Oral Presentation, 2007

Begley CM, OBoyle C, Carroll M, Devane D. , Educating advanced midwife practitioners: a collaborative venture, Journal of Nursing Management , 15, (6), 2007, p574 - 584 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Devane D, Begley CM, Clarke M, Horey D, OBoyle C, Evaluating Maternity Care: A Core set of Outcome Measures, Birth , 34, (2), 2007, p164 - 172 Journal Article, 2007

Colm OBoyle, The Observer as participant: An exploration of the ethical and practical considerations of ethnography in the domiciliary midwifery setting., 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Health Conference, , TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dublin , 2007, 2007 Oral Presentation, 2007

Sinclair M O'Boyle C, The Childbirth Self-Efficacy Inventory: a replication study, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30, (6), 1999, p1416 - 1423 Journal Article, 1999

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

OBoyle, C, Tell me about: Birthin' Babies, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery Public Lecture Series 2012-2013, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery , March , 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

OBoyle, C, HSE's stranglehold on birth choice has reduced home option to near extinction, 2013, - Miscellaneous, 2013

OBoyle, C, Kenny, E, Unmet demands for Homebirths, Homebirth. Back to the Future. Home Birth Symposium, National Maternity Hospital, Gibson Hotel, Dublin , 25th November 2013 , 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Colm OBoyle, Home sweet home birth, WIN: World of Irish Nursing and Midwifery, Journal of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, 21, (4), 2013, p45 - 45 Journal Article, 2013

OBoyle, C, Bridging the Gap. Delivering on Choices & the Memo of Understanding , Essence of Midwifery Conference , Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital , May, 2010 Invited Talk, 2010

Research Expertise

Description

Home Birth, Domiciliary midiwfery, Midwifery, Midwifery Education, Maternity Care Assistants, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Labour ward and Delivery, Coping in Labour, Self - Efficacy, control, Midwifery and Obstetric care outcomes.

Projects

  • Title
    • Provision of evidence to inform the future education, role and function of Maternity Care Assistants in Ireland'
  • Summary
    • To produce a report based on the literature (including grey literature) on the education, role and function of the Maternity Care Assistant in Ireland and internationally. Which will examine and provide evidence from the literature on: . The role and function of the Maternity Healthcare Assistant - including the provision of sample job descriptions/job specifications . The educational preparation - content, level, duration etc. . The impact of Midwifery/ Maternity Healthcare Assistant skill-mix on quality of care and cost of that care. To be used to inform the future role and function of the Maternity Healthcare Assistant in Ireland. with Prof. Joan Lalor Prof. Anne-Marie Brady Prof. Hugh McKenna Dr. Felicity Hasson Dr. Padhraig Ryan Greg Sheaf Chiara Pittalis
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE project Ref 6967
  • Date From
    • August 2016
  • Date To
    • October 2016
  • Title
    • An Ethnography of Independent Midwifery in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Doctoral Study
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board (Ireland)
  • Date From
    • Oct 2006
  • Date To
    • Oct 2009
  • Title
    • A mixed method exploration of the unmet demand for home birth in Ireland.
  • Summary
    • BSc Midwifery Student Eileen Kenny with Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless, co-supervisor
  • Funding Agency
    • HRB
  • Date From
    • June 2013
  • Date To
    • aug 2013
  • Title
    • A minimum outcome set for Maternity Care
  • Summary
    • To create a minimum outcome set for Maternity Care, Literature Review of RCT's and subsequent E-Delhpi study
  • Date To
    • 2006

Keywords

BIRTH; Education/Instruction (Health/Safety/Medical); Ethnography; Gender issues, gender studies; MATERNITY/STANDARDS/UTILIZATION; Medical Sociology; Midwifery; MIDWIFERY EDUCATION; MIDWIVES; Systems of childbirth organisation

Recognition

Representations

Domiciliary Births Group (which published 'Delivering on Choice' 2008) 2007-2008

National Steering Committee on Home Birth (NSCHB) which each have helped establish HSE home birth services through memoranda of understanding with Self Employed Community Midwives (SECMs). May 2010 - 2012

Awards and Honours

Outstanding Paper Award 2015, Emerald Literati Network, for 2014 Journal of Organisational Ethnography 3 (2) paper "Being with" ... 2014 3 (2) 2015

Memberships

Community Midwives Association (CMA) 2009 – present

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Midwives' Section (Secretary 2008 - 2012) 2006 – present

Reviewer Journal of Organisational Ethnography 2012 – present

Reviewer Biomed central BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 – present

Reviewer International Journal of Childbirth 2013 – present