• University Of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD13DH

  • 62 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Alice joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2020 as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery. She qualified as a midwife in 2001 and has worked in a wide range of clinical settings, predominantly in Edinburgh, and in London.

She completed her PhD in 2017 which explored the childbearing experiences of women with a high body weight.

During her career, Alice has worked clinically in complex care teams, as well as specialist homebirth teams. She then worked in clinical research for a number of years, contributing to a wide range of pregnancy-related projects, before becoming a midwifery lecturer in 2017

Alice’s primary research interest is how women perceive risk and experience stigma in pregnancy, in particular in the context of high maternal weight/obesity. She is interested in the alleviation of health inequalities, and in effective communication and co-production models within maternity care.

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Research Output

  • 62 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 4 Article

Does body image influence the relationship between body weight and breastfeeding maintenance in new mothers?

Swanson, V., Keely, A. & Denison, F. C., 1 Sep 2017, In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 22, 3, p. 557-576 20 p.

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  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    “If she wants to eat…and eat and eat…fine! It's gonna feed the baby”: Pregnant women and partners' perceptions and experiences of pregnancy with a BMI >40 kg/m2

    Keely, A., Cunningham-Burley, S., Elliott, L., Sandall, J. & Whittaker, A., 1 Jun 2017, In : Midwifery. 49, p. 87-94 8 p.

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  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Barriers to breast-feeding in obese women: A qualitative exploration

    Keely, A., Lawton, J., Swanson, V. & Denison, F. C., 1 May 2015, In : Midwifery. 31, 5, p. 532-539 8 p.

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  • 21 Citations (Scopus)

    Maternal obesity in pregnancy: Women's understanding of risks

    Keely, A., Gunning, M. & Denison, F., 1 Jun 2011, In : British Journal of Midwifery. 19, 6, p. 364-369 6 p.

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  • 21 Citations (Scopus)