Doctor Elaine Burns

Doctor Elaine Burns

Director - HDR and Hons,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Senior Lecturer,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Dr Elaine Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director, Higher Degree Research and Honours, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Dr Burns is also the current Chair of NSW Branch of the Australian College of Midwives and an active member of the SPHERE Clinical Academic Group. Dr Burns has more than two decades of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her research focusses on midwifery practice/education and women’s experience of maternity care. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and has had real world impact influencing the lives of women, newborn infants, families and the midwifery profession. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, with more than 40 conference and seminar presentations including 20 as an invited speaker. Dr Burns has developed a robust publication track record, with more than 30 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded 13 research grants to further investigate maternity care and women’s experiences. Her work has been cited in broadcast and print media including more than 48,000 readers in articles written for The Conversation. Elaine is passionate about improving support for women during pregnancy, birth and the early transition to mothering.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Burns.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MComNurs University of Sydney
  • BN University of Wollongong
  • Dip.App.Sc.-Nursing Nepean CAE

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives (1994 - 2024)

Interests

  • Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Education
  • Homebirth
  • Midwifery
  • Models of Care
  • Oral Health
  • Peer support
  • Postnatal care
  • Pregnancy care
  • Young parents

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Committees

  • Higher Degree Research and Honours

Contact

Email: E.Burns@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9818
Mobile:
Location: EB.LG.43
Parramatta

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401034 Midwifery Knowledge 3, 2016
  • 401034 Midwifery Knowledge 3, 2017
  • 401034 Midwifery Knowledge 3, 2018
  • 401034 Midwifery Knowledge 3, 2019
  • 401219 Midwifery Professional Practice 1, 2015
  • 401219 Midwifery Professional Practice 1, 2016
  • 401219 Midwifery Professional Practice 1, 2017
  • 401219 Midwifery Professional Practice 1, 2018
  • 401219 Midwifery Professional Practice 1, 2019
  • 401221 Midwifery Professional Practice 3, 2015
  • 401224 Midwifery Professional Practice 6, 2015
  • 401224 Midwifery Professional Practice 6, 2016

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'A mirror on practice : using ethnography to identify and facilitate best practice in maternity and child health care', Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health, Taylor and Francis 9781138792203.

Journal Articles

  • Burns, E., Triandafilidis, Z. and Schmied, V. (2020), 'Designing a model of breastfeeding support in Australia : an appreciative inquiry approach', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 28, no 5 , pp 1723 - 1733.
  • George, A., Kong, A., Villarosa, A., Duff, M., Sheehan, A., Burns, E., Priddis, H., Chua, C. and Dahlen, H. (2020), 'Implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of an oral health module for the bachelor of midwifery program at an Australian university', Nurse Education Today, vol 90 .
  • Morns, M., Steel, A., Burns, E. and McIntyre, E. (2020), '[In Press] Women who experience feelings of aversion while breastfeeding : a meta-ethnographic review', Women and Birth, .
  • Keedle, H., Peters, L., Schmied, V., Burns, E., Keedle, W. and Dahlen, H. (2020), 'Women's experiences of planning a vaginal birth after caesarean in different models of maternity care in Australia', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 20 .
  • Sassine, H., Burns, E., Ormsby, S. and Dahlen, H. (2020), '[In Press] Why do women choose homebirth in Australia? : a national survey', Women and Birth, .
  • Yang, S., Burns, E., Salamonson, Y. and Schmied, V. (2019), 'Expectations and experiences of nursing students in supporting new mothers to breastfeed : a descriptive qualitative study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 28, no 11 , pp 2340 - 2350.
  • Yang, S., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Salamonson, Y. (2019), 'Breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes of baccalaureate nursing students in Taiwan : a cohort study', Women and Birth, vol 32, no 3 , pp 334 - 340.
  • Phanwichatkul, T., Burns, E., Liamputtong, P. and Schmied, V. (2019), 'Protecting my baby : a qualitative study of the health promoting practices of pregnant Burmese migrant women living in Thailand', International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol 15, no 1 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Pangas, J., Ogunsiji, O., Elmir, R., Raman, S., Liamputtong, P., Burns, E., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (2019), 'Refugee women's experiences negotiating motherhood and maternity care in a new country : a meta-ethnographic review', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol 90 , pp 31 - 45.
  • Keedle, H., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2019), 'A narrative analysis of women's experiences of planning a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) in Australia using critical feminist theory', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 19 .
  • Burns, E. and Triandafilidis, Z. (2019), 'Taking the path of least resistance : a qualitative analysis of return to work or study while breastfeeding', International Breastfeeding Journal, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2019), 'Skin-to-skin contact and what women want in the first hours after a caesarean section', Midwifery, vol 74 , pp 140 - 146.
  • Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Sheehan, A. (2019), 'Place of sanctuary: an appreciative inquiry approach to discovering how communities support breastfeeding and parenting', International Breastfeeding Journal, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Phanwichatkul, T., Burns, E., Liamputtong, P. and Schmied, V. (2019), 'Migrant Burmese women living in southern Thailand and motherhood : an ethnographic study', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol 21, no 3 , pp 390 - 398.
  • Keedle, H., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2018), 'The journey from pain to power : a meta-ethnography on women's experiences of vaginal birth after caesarean', Women and Birth, vol 31, no 1 , pp 69 - 79.
  • Keedle, H., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2018), 'The design, development, and evaluation of a qualitative data collection application for pregnant women', Journal of Nursing Scholarship, vol 50, no 1 , pp 47 - 55.
  • Phanwichatkul, T., Burns, E., Liamputtong, P. and Schmied, V. (2018), 'The experiences of Burmese healthcare interpreters (Iam) in maternity services in Thailand', Women and Birth, vol 31 , pp 152 - 161.
  • Yang, S., Salamonson, Y., Burns, E. and Schmied, V. (2018), 'Breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes of health professional students : a systematic review', International Breastfeeding Journal, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Yang, S., Schmied, V., Burns, E., Brodribb, W. and Salamonson, Y. (2018), 'Validation of the Chinese version of the Australian Breastfeeding Attitude Questionnaire', Journal of Human Lactation, vol 34, no 4 , pp 674 - 681.
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2018), 'Who owns the baby? : a video ethnography of skin-to-skin contact after a caesarean section', Women and Birth, vol 31, no 6 , pp 453 - 462.
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2017), 'Video ethnography during and after caesarean sections : methodological challenges', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 26, no 13-14 , pp 2083 - 2092.
  • Duff, M., Dahlen, H., Burns, E., Priddis, H., Schmied, V. and George, A. (2017), 'Designing an oral health module for the Bachelor of Midwifery program at an Australian university', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 23 , pp 76 - 81.
  • Burns, E. and Schmied, V. (2017), ''The right help at the right time' : positive constructions of peer and professional support for breastfeeding', Women and Birth, vol 30, no 5 , pp 389 - 397.
  • Burns, E., Fenwick, J., Sheehan, A. and Schmied, V. (2016), ''This little piranha' : a qualitative analysis of the language used by health professionals and mothers to describe infant behaviour during breastfeeding', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 12, no 1 , pp 111 - 124.
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'A juxtaposition of birth and surgery : providing skin-to-skin contact in the operating theatre and recovery', Midwifery, vol 37 , pp 41 - 48.
  • Jefferies, D., Duff, M., Burns, E. and Nicholls, D. (2015), 'Historical perspectives : a snapshot of women admitted to psychiatric facilities with psychosis or mania after childbirth in the late Victorian and inter-war periods', Journal of Advanced Nursing, .
  • Keedle, H., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2015), 'Women's reasons for, and experiences of, choosing a homebirth following a caesarean section', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2014), 'Immediate or early skin-to-skin contact after a Caesarean section : a review of the literature', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 10, no 4 , pp 456 - 473.
  • Schmied, V., Thomson, G., Byrom, A., Burns, E., Sheehan, A. and Dykes, F. (2014), 'A meta-ethnographic study of health care staff perceptions of the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Health Initiative', Women and Birth, vol 27, no 4 , pp 242 - 249.
  • Burns, E., Fenwick, J., Sheehan, A. and Schmied, V. (2013), 'Mining for liquid gold : midwifery language and practices associated with early breastfeeding support', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 9, no 1 , pp 57 - 73.
  • Fenwick, J., Burns, E., Sheehan, A. and Schmied, V. (2013), 'We only talk about breast feeding : a discourse analysis of infant feeding messages in antenatal group-based education', Midwifery, vol 29, no 5 , pp 425 - 433.
  • Burns, E., Schmied, V., Fenwick, J. and Sheehan, A. (2012), 'Liquid gold from the milk bar : constructions of breastmilk and breastfeeding women in the language and practices of midwives', Social Science and Medicine, vol 75, no 10 , pp 1737 - 1745.
  • Burns, E., Fenwick, J., Schmied, V. and Sheehan, A. (2012), 'Reflexivity in midwifery research : the insider/outsider debate', Midwifery, vol 28, no 1 , pp 52 - 60.
  • Barclay, L., Longman, J., Schmied, V., Sheehan, A., Rolfe, M., Burns, E. and Fenwick, J. (2012), 'The professionalising of breast feeding : where are we a decade on?', Midwifery, vol 28, no 3 , pp 281 - 290.
  • Schmied, V., Olley, H., Burns, E., Duff, M., Dennis, C. and Dahlen, H. (2012), 'Contradictions and conflict : a meta-ethnographic study of migrant women's experiences of breastfeeding in a new country', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 12, no 163 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Burns, E., Schmied, V., Sheehan, A. and Fenwick, J. (2010), 'A meta-ethnographic synthesis of women's experience of breastfeeding', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 6, no 3 , pp 201 - 219.

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Tackling Maternal Anxiety in the Perinatal Period: Reconceptualising Mothering Narratives', Report

Dr Burns conducts research on effective support for childbearing women through pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period, with a particular focus on women's experience of breastfeeding and the transition to mothering. She is also interested in the education of midwifery students and their early employment prospects. Dr Burns has experience with a variety of qualitative methodologies such as discourse analysis, ethonography, phenomenology, and grounded theory. Elaine has conducted large scale national surveys for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data and has experience in managing large ARC funded projects including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies. Elaine is currently supervising two honours students, two Masters students and two PhD candidates. Dr Burns has supervised, and co-supervised, a total of five Higher Degree Research students to completion.

 

 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Burns.

Previous Projects

Title: POstnatal Processes & PathwaYs (POPPY): A study investigating postnatal pathways and care for women and their infants in NSW
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Kids and Families
  • Liverpool Hospital
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Joanne Curry and Elaine Burns
Years: 2015-02-10 - 2016-02-09
ID: P00022378
Title: A 'known midwife' or 'another mother': A study of professional and peer support provided to breastfeeding women during the first month after birth.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Elaine Burns and Virginia Schmied
Years: 2011-09-13 - 2013-07-31
ID: P00020410
Title: Antenatal interactions between midwives working in continuity of care models and midwives working in fragmented maternity care models: An ethnographic study
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen, Virginia Schmied and Elaine Burns
Years: 2012-03-02 - 2013-09-30
ID: P00020548
Title: Mothers and Postnatal (MAP) Care @ Blacktown
Funder:
  • NSW Ministry of Health
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Elaine Burns, Hannah Dahlen and Ann Dadich
Years: 2019-06-20 - 2020-02-28
ID: P00025933
Title: An exploration of the Assistant in Midwifery (AIM) role in NSW Public Hospitals
Funder:
  • NSW Nurses and Midwives Association
Western Researchers: Elaine Burns, Hazel Keedle and Rakime Elmir
Years: 2019-04-23 - 2020-04-23
ID: P00026125

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: What are Midwives, Doctors and Womens Constructions of Time in Labour
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Experiences of Women Planning a Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC) in Australia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Women's Experience of Feeding an Infant with Tongue-Tie: A Mixed-Methods Study
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: To explore how midwifery care at headspace Maitland, supports young pregnant women within the community
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Women's Reasons for and Experiences of Having a Homebirth Following a Previous Caesarean
Field of Research: Midwifery; Mothercraft Nursing And Family & Child Health Nursing
Thesis Title: Facilitators, Barriers and Implications of Immediate Skin-to-Skin Contact after Caesarean Section: An Ethnographic Study
Field of Research: General Nursing
Thesis Title: Migration Motherhood and Maternity Care in Thailand: An Ethnographic Study of the Experiences and Practices of Burmese Women and Maternity Staff.
Field of Research: Mothercraft Nursing And Family & Child Health Nursing
Thesis Title: Breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes of baccalaureate nursing students in Taiwan
Field of Research: Mothercraft Nursing And Family & Child Health Nursing

Media

Title: Breastfeeding dictator or breastfeeding enabler
Description: The Conversation
Title: Public Breastfeeding
Description: SBS Life
Title: Like a Piranha
Description: The Conversation

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