Dr Jane Carpenter

BSc, MRes, MSc, DPhil, RM, FHEA

Programme Lead, Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Jane Carpenter


I am the Lead Midwife for Education and Programme Lead for the Midwifery Programmes at Oxford Brookes. As such, I am responsible for leadership and management of the programmes. 

I am also Course Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Midwifery which commenced in September 2021.

I lead a number of modules on the pre-registration midwifery degrees, and teach and assess across a wide range of topics right across the curriculum.

I am a registered midwife - NMC PIN 16B2331E

Teaching and supervision


I lead modules and teach across a wide range of topics right across the midiwfery curriculum; with particular interests being:

  • Anatomy and Physiology - the myriad of physiological changes and adaptations each woman undergoes during pregnancy birth and beyond is ever-fascinating!
  • The Midwife as Clinician - The midwife's role is extensive; but a core part of it is their role as an autonomous clinician. Developing midwives of the future who are able to make sound clinical decisions in partnership with the birthing person is another core interest of mine. 
  • The importance of research and evidence-based practice - being able to understand and apply the best available evidence is a fundamentally important part of the role of a midwife; I teach on the Critical Appraisal and Dissertation modules which helps to develop such skills in our student midwives.  

I am also Course Lead for our new Professional Doctorate in Midwifery, and lead and/or teach on taught modules on this course and the sister DNurs programme.


  • Second Supervisor on PhD project investigating use of water immersion during labour for women who are obese. 
  • DMid Supervisor
  • MSc Dissertation Supervisor for our pre-registration MSc Midwifery students.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Claire Litchfield Is the use of water immersion for women in labour or giving birth both safe and effective as a method for improving rates of normal birth for women who are obese? Active


Thus far my midwifery research has explored predictive factors for outcomes of interest for women using a birthing pool during labour. Such outcomes include normal birth, severe perineal trauma, intact perineum.

More broadly my research interests are centred on intrapartum care; particularly normalising care for women with obstetric risk factors. The first stage of this research centres around the use of birthing pools duing labour for women who have obesity.

I am currently leading the development of a Professional Doctorate in Midwifery, which will commence in September 2021 (subject to programme approval).




  • Global Majority midwifery students
  • Maternal obesity
  • Management of Anaemia in Pregnancy


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