Associate Professor Jennifer Hollowell
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Associate Professor and Senior Epidemiologist
- National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)
Jennifer Hollowell is a senior epidemiologist and Associate Professor in The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU). She has a PhD in Epidemiology/Health Services Research (St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London), a first degree in mathematics (University of Oxford), and training in statistics and health economic evaluation.
Her research interests include maternal health/intrapartum care and inequalities in infant mortality. She was lead researcher for the Birthplace national prospective cohort study which evaluated the safety of planned birth at home or in a midwifery unit, compared with planned birth in an obstetric unit. This landmark study of nearly 80,000 births has informed major changes to clinical guidelines for planned place of birth for women at low risk of complications. She is currently leading a follow-on programme of Birthplace related research. She is also involved in the Maternity and Women’s Health theme of the South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). Her research on inequalities in infant mortality is currently focusing on ethnic variations in infant mortality and other birth outcomes.
In addition to academic research, Jennifer has worked as an epidemiologist and health economist in the pharmaceutical industry, and was Research Manager for the General Practice Research Database (GPRD, now CPRD) at the Office for National Statistics.
Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study.
Birthplace in England Collaborative Group None. et al, (2011), BMJ, 343
Cost effectiveness of alternative planned places of birth in woman at low risk of complications: evidence from the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study.
Schroeder E. et al, (2012), BMJ, 344
The effectiveness of antenatal care programmes to reduce infant mortality and preterm birth in socially disadvantaged and vulnerable women in high-income countries: a systematic review.
Hollowell J. et al, (2011), BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 11
What influences birth place preferences, choices and decision-making amongst healthy women with straightforward pregnancies in the UK? A qualitative evidence synthesis using a 'best fit' framework approach.
Coxon K. et al, (2017), BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 17
A comparison of intrapartum interventions and adverse outcomes by parity in planned freestanding midwifery unit and alongside midwifery unit births: secondary analysis of 'low risk' births in the birthplace in England cohort.
Hollowell J. et al, (2017), BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 17
Mode of birth and medical interventions among women at low risk of complications: A cross-national comparison of birth settings in England and the Netherlands.
de Jonge A. et al, (2017), PLoS One, 12
Women's birth place preferences in the United Kingdom: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of the quantitative literature.
Hollowell J. et al, (2016), BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 16
Maternal and perinatal outcomes in women planning vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) at home in England: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study.
Rowe R. et al, (2016), BJOG, 123, 1123 - 1132