Dr Denise O’Brien

Head of Subject Midwifery

University College Dublin

Dr Denise O’Brien is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer and Head of Subject for Midwifery in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems in UCD Dublin.

Denise commenced her academic career in UCD in 2006, prior to this Denise practiced as a Midwife tutor/ midwifery practitioner for 5 years in the National Maternity Hospital.

Denise was awarded her PhD in 2015 for a Participatory Action Research study collaborating with women and midwives exploring women’s understanding, experiences and supports needs to exercise informed choices during pregnancy and childbirth in Ireland.

Since completing her PhD Denise has continued to expand her research portfolio both with her colleagues in UCD and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and with international collaborators.

Denise is the current UCD chair of the Joint Research Network Group (UCD/ NMH), previous vice- chair and member since its foundation in 2007.

Her areas of publication include informed choice, shared decision-making, relational decision-making, Advanced Practice Midwifery/ Nursing, women’s experiences of antenatal midwifery clinics, Labour hopscotch and promoting physiological birth.