Doctor Athena Sheehan

Doctor Athena Sheehan

Dap - Midwifery,
Dean's Unit - School Of Nursing And Midwifery

Associate Professor,
School Of Nursing And Midwifery

Biography

Dr Athena Sheehan is an Associate Professor within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Athena is also the Director of Academic Programs (DAP) for  Midwifery.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Sheehan.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • MNurs University of Technology, Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School Of Nursing And Midwifery
  • School Of Nursing And Midwifery

Contact

Email: A.Sheehan@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9068
Mobile:
Location: EB.LG.81
Parramatta
Website:

PLEASE NOTE: obtaining information from this Directory must be for the legitimate purposes of doing business with and within Western Sydney University, and must not be used for unsolicited bulk e-mailing (spamming) or similar purposes.

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Sheehan, A. and Schmied, V. (2011), 'The imperative to breastfeed: An Australian perspective', Infant Feeding Practices: A Cross-cultural Perspective, Springer 9781441968722.

Journal Articles

  • Petrovska, K., Sheehan, A. and Homer, C. (2017), 'The fact and the fiction : a prospective study of internet forum discussions on vaginal breech birth', Women and Birth, vol 30, no 2 , pp 96 - 102.
  • Petrovska, K., Watts, N., Sheehan, A., Bisits, A. and Homer, C. (2017), 'How do social discourses of risk impact on women's choices for vaginal breech birth? A qualitative study of women's experiences', Health, Risk and Society, vol 19, no 1-2 , pp 19 - 37.
  • Sheehan, A. and Bowcher, W. (2017), 'Messages to new mothers : an analysis of breast pump advertisements', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 13, no 2 .
  • Petrovska, K., Sheehan, A. and Homer, C. (2017), 'Media representations of breech birth : a prospective analysis of web-based news reports', Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, vol 62, no 4 , pp 434 - 441.
  • 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.
  • Bowden, C., Sheehan, A. and Foureur, M. (2016), 'Birth room images : what they tell us about childbirth : a discourse analysis of birth rooms in developed countries', Midwifery, vol 35 , pp 71 - 77.
  • Harte, J., Sheehan, A., Stewart, S. and Foureur, M. (2016), 'Childbirth supporters' experiences in a built hospital birth environment : exploring inhibiting and facilitating factors in negotiating the supporter role', Health Environments Research and Design Journal, vol 9, no 3 , pp 135 - 161.
  • Catling, C., Hogan, R., Fox, D., Cummins, A., Kelly, M. and Sheehan, A. (2016), 'Simulation workshops with first year midwifery students', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 17 , pp 109 - 115.
  • Reid, J., Schmied, V., Sheehan, A. and Fenwick, J. (2014), ''Be our guest' : challenges and benefits of using 'family conversations' to collect qualitative data about infant feeding and parenting', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 23, no 17-18 , pp 2404 - 2413.
  • 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.
  • Fox, D., Sheehan, A. and Homer, C. (2014), 'Experiences of women planning a home birth who require intrapartum transfer to hospital : a metasynthesis of the qualitative literature', International Journal of Childbirth, vol 4, no 2 , pp 103 - 119.
  • 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.
  • Sheehan, A., Schmied, V. and Barclay, L. (2013), 'Exploring the process of women's infant feeding decisions in the early postbirth period', Qualitative Health Research, vol 23, no 7 , pp 989 - 998.
  • 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.
  • Cooper, K., Chang, E., Sheehan, A. and Johnson, A. (2013), 'The impact of spiritual care education upon preparing undergraduate nursing students to provide spiritual care', Nurse Education Today, vol 33, no 9 , pp 1057 - 1061.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, C., Gribble, K., Sheehan, A., Schmied, V. and Dykes, F. (2011), 'Staff Perceptions and Experiences of Implementing the Baby Friendly Initiative in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Australia', JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, vol 40, no 1 , pp 25 - 34.
  • Schmied, V., Beake, S., Sheehan, A., Mccourt, C. and Dykes, F. (2011), 'Women's Perceptions and Experiences of Breastfeeding Support: A Metasynthesis', Birth, vol 38, no 1 , pp 49 - 60.
  • Schmied, V., Gribble, K., Sheehan, A., Taylor, C. and Dykes, F. (2011), 'Ten steps or climbing a mountain: A study of Australian health professionals' perceptions of implementing the baby friendly health initiative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding', BMC Health Services Research, vol 11, no 208 , pp 1 - 10.
  • 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.
  • Sheehan, A., Schmied, V. and Barclay, L. (2010), 'Complex decisions : theorizing women's infant feeding decisions in the first 6 weeks after birth', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 66, no 2 , pp 371 - 380.
  • Sheehan, A., Schmied, V. and Barclay, L. (2009), 'Women's experiences of infant feeding support in the first 6 weeks post-birth', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 5, no 2 , pp 138 - 150.
  • Schmied, V., Beake, S., Sheehan, A., McCourt, C. and Dykes, F. (2009), 'A meta-synthesis of women's perceptions and experiences of breastfeeding support', JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, vol 7, no 14 , pp 583 - 614.
  • Cooke, M., Schmied, V. and Sheehan, A. (2007), 'An exploration of the relationship between postnatal distress and maternal role attainment, breast feeding problems and breast feeding cessation in Australia', Midwifery, vol 23, no 1 , pp 66 - 76.

Conference Papers

  • Burns, E., Schmied, V., Fenwick, J. and Sheehan, A. (2010), 'Health professional language in the first week after birth: construction of the infant', QEC 6th International Conference, Melbourne.
  • Burns, E., Schmied, V., Fenwick, J. and Sheehan, A. (2010), 'Midwives and breastfeeding women: Rocking the boat, or providing a safe haven', NSW Midwives Association Conference, Kiama.
  • Burns, E., Schmied, V., Fenwick, J. and Sheehan, A. (2010), 'Establishing Breastfeeding: Health Professional Language and Practices', ACTLACT Twilight Seminar, Canberra.
  • Burns, E., Schmied, V. and Sheehan, A. (2010), 'Breastfeeding: the language and practices of midwives', UWS Research futures forum, .
  • Burns, E., Schmied, V., Fenwick, J. and Sheehan, A. (2010), 'Breastfeeding and the discursive representations of newborn infant behaviour', Australian Lactation Consultant Association conference "Breastfeeding a Key Public Health Issue, Canberra.

Western Sydney University

Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

Tel: +61 2 9852 5222

ABN 53 014 069 881
CRICOS Provider No: 00917k

Visit our mobile site