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Dr Jennifer Fenwick
Adjunct Professor Jennifer Fenwick has been a midwife since 1983 and has extensive clinical, academic and research experience. Jennifer’s background in the clinical setting has focused on caseload, continuity and community models of midwifery care and service delivery.
Jennifer has a national and international research profile in the area of women’s experiences of mothering in the neonatal nursery, women’s expectations for labour and birth (including fear of childbirth) and women’s experiences of caesarean section and vaginal birth after caesarean section. This work has focused her interest on women’s emotional wellbeing during and after childbirth, the transition to motherhood and the impact and role of relationships and language. During her time at Griffith Jennifer lead an international collaboration referred to as the WHELM study (Work Health and Emotional Loves of Midwives). Her research work has also included the dimension of ‘space’ and ‘place’ and how design impacts on communication. There are very few clinician researchers in Australia or internationally who have been as successful as Jennifer in bringing together clinical skills and credibility with sociological and psychological insights into women’s birth experiences and their transition to motherhood like Dr Fenwick. In 2018 and 2019 Jennifer was named Australia’s lead researcher in Pregnancy and Childbirth.
At the end of 2018, after holding a joint appointment as Professor of Midwifery and Clinical Chair at Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital, Jennifer made the decision to return to NSW to be closer to her family. After holding a number of positions at Gosford Hospital, including Midwifery Unit Manager of the Birth Suite, Jennifer is currently the Clinical Midwifery Consultant of the Maternity Service.
Jennifer has worked in the maternity service reform space for many years and is deeply committed to the development of primary maternity care services and the provision of care that meets the individual needs of woman, families and the community.