Elizabeth Newnham
Ussher Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Newnham, E, McKellar, L, Pincombe, J, Towards the humanisation of birth: a study of epidural analgesia and hospital birth culture, London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018 Book, 2018

Newnham, E, McKellar, L & Pincombe, J, 'It's your body, but ' Mixed messages in childbirth education: findings from a hospital ethnography, Midwifery, 55, 2017, p53 - 59 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, London, BioMed Central, [eds.], 2017-curr Editorial Board, 2017 URL

Newnham, E, McKellar, L & Pincombe, J, Consent for epidural analgesia: how are women informed?, 31st ICM triennial congress: Midwives - making a difference in the world, Toronto, Canada, 18th - 22nd Jun 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Newnham, E, Ethics of care: a way towards humanised birth, Normal Labour and Birth Conference, Grange-over-Sands, UK, October 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Newnham, E, McKellar, L & Pincombe, J, Paradox of the institution: findings from a hospital labour ward ethnography, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, (1), 2017, p2- Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Javanmard M, Steen M, Vernon R, Newnham E , Experiences of internationally qualified midwives and nurses in Australia and other developed nations: a structured literature review, Evidence Based Midwifery, 15, (3), 2017, p95 - 100 Journal Article, 2017

Newnham, E, McKellar, L, Pincombe, J , Critical Medical Anthropology in Midwifery Research: A Framework for Ethnographic Analysis, Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 3, 2016, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Newnham, E, McKellar, L, Pincombe, J , The Circle of trust: New developments in midwifery theory for supporting normal birth, Normal Labour and Birth Conference, University of Central Lancashire/ACM, Sydney, October, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Newnham, E, McKellar, L & Pincombe, J, A critical literature review of epidural analgesia, Evidence Based Midwifery, 14, (1), 2016, p22 - 28 Journal Article, 2016

Elizabeth C. Newnham, Lois V. McKellar, Jan I. Pincombe, Documenting risk: A comparison of policy and information pamphlets for using epidural or water in labour, Women and Birth, 28, (3), 2015, p221--227 Journal Article, 2015

Elizabeth Newnham, Lois McKellar, Jan Pincombe, `Just slow everything down": Playing for time in midwifery practice, 28, 2015, ppS24 Conference Paper, 2015

Newnham, Elizabeth C., Birth control: Power/knowledge in the politics of birth, Health Sociology Review, 23, (3), 2014, p254-268 Journal Article, 2014

Newnham, E., Pincombe, J., Mckellar, L., Access or egress? Questioning the "ethics" of ethics committee review for an ethnographic doctoral research study in a childbirth setting, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 8, 2013, p121-136 Journal Article, 2013

Elizabeth Newnham, Jan Pincombe, Lois McKellar, The art of midwifery in a hospital labour ward: Barriers and negotiations, 26, 2013, ppS14 Conference Paper, 2013

Newnham, Elizabeth, With woman: A genealogy of Australian midwifery practice, 24, 2011, ppS10-S11 Conference Paper, 2011

Newnham, Elizabeth, Midwifery directions: The Australian Maternity Services Review, Health Sociology Review, 19, (2), 2010, p245-259 Journal Article, 2010

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Newnham, E, The circle of trust: pain, embodiment and the midwife-women relationship in labour, Icelandic Association of Midwives National conference, Akureyri, Iceland, 5th May 2018, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Approaches to pain in labour: implications for midwifery practice in, editor(s)Downe S, Byrom S , Squaring the Circle: researching normal childbirth in a technological world, London, Pinter and Martin, 2018, [Leap N, Newnham E, Karlsdottir I] Book Chapter, 2018

Research Expertise


Normal childbirth, childbirth pain, midwifery practices, birth culture, the construction of risk, bioethics, ethnography, Foucault.


  • Title
    • Exploring women's views of labour pain: a collaborative research approach
  • Summary
    • We aim to explore women's views of labour pain in a collaborative research approach, based in the concepts of salutogenesis and humanisation of birth.
  • Funding Agency
    • Research Fund of the University of Akureyri
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2019
  • Title
    • Women's experiences of the Rotunda Hospital's Next Birth After Caesarean Section (NBAC) services
  • Funding Agency
    • Rotunda Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2018
  • Date To
    • 2019


Child/Maternal Health; Choice in Childbirth; ETHNOGRAPHY; FOUCAULT; History of childbirth; Medical anthropology; Midwifery; Normal Childbirth; Physiological Childbirth; Qualitative research methods; Systems of childbirth organisation



Model of Care Implementation Group, National Women and Infants Health Programme, Health Service Executive, Ireland 2018

Awards and Honours

BIRTH COST Training School Travel grant 2018

Certificate of Recognition, Highly Achieved Abstract, ACM National Conference 2015

Nominee for South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award, Research 2015

University of South Australia Postgraduate Award Scholarship for PhD candidature 2010

Nominee for Outstanding Midwifery Practice Award, Flinders Medical Centre 2010

Nominee for Outstanding Midwifery Practice Award, Flinders Medical Centre 2009

Peer Support Award, Flinders Medical Centre 2008


Member, Australian College of Midwives 2003 – current