Hazel Abbott

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Hazel trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Shortly after registration as a nurse, she embarked on a midwifery career and qualified as a midwife in 1983. Thereafter, she worked predominantly as a community midwife whilst developing an interest in education. During this time she undertook an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives in London and later a Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults at the University of Surrey, qualifying as midwife teacher in 1990. Hazel was awarded an MSc in Advanced Midwifery Practice with Distinction from the University of Surrey in 1994. In 1998 she moved to Oxford Brookes University to take up her post as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery.

Hazel has considerable experience of teaching midwifery across pre-registration and post-qualifying midwifery programmes at both BSc and MSc levels. She has a special interest in postnatal care, infant feeding and promoting evidence-based practice. Hazel is also passionate about supporting women to breastfeed successfully and, in 2011, achieved Baby Friendly accreditation from UNICEF for the midwifery programmes at Oxford Brookes University. Further to this, she set up the Oxford Brookes Baby Cafe as a breastfeeding teaching clinic at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. This community engagement initiative combines clinical experience for student midwives with expert support and advice for breastfeeding women within the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Hazel also has a particular interest and expertise in research ethics. She is Chair of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee and also Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee.

Teaching / Research Interests

  • Women's Health
  • Health behaviours during pregnancy
  • Postnatal Care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Research ethics

Hazel Abbott


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