Dr Ellie Jones PhD, BSc

Ellie Jones

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Room 124, Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ellie is currently undertaking an NIHR Advanced Fellowship to explore smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women with moderate to severe mental illness.

Ellie’s primary research interests are maternal health, perinatal mental health, pelvic floor muscle exercises for preventing urinary incontinence and postnatal care.

Ellie is involved in teaching and is a mentor for postgraduate researchers.

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2552-8322


  • PhD Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, 2019
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery, Birmingham City University, 2010
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Midwife 


Ellie qualified at Birmingham City University with a First Class BSc (Hons) Midwifery in 2010.

In 2015 Ellie was awarded an NIHR CLAHRC-WM funded PhD studentship to explore postnatal length of stay in hospital and infant readmission to hospital. Whilst completing her PhD, Ellie contributed to several other maternal health research projects within the institute.

Following completion of her PhD in 2019, Ellie worked as a Research Fellow on the ARC Maternal Health Theme. Her subsequent role was on the APPEAL which is an NIHR programme grant led from University of Birmingham bringing together a programme of research to prevent pregnancy and childbirth related urinary incontinence.

Ellie’s most recent role as a Research Fellow is funded through an NIHR Advanced Fellowship.  She will be exploring smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women with moderate to severe mental illness.


Postgraduate supervision

  • Maternal health
  • Postnatal care
  • Perinatal mental health


Ellie’s research currently includes:

  1. Smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women with moderate to severe mental illness
  2. Implementation of a training intervention for midwives to improve pregnant women’s practice of pelvic floor exercises to prevent urinary incontinence
  3. Prevalence of maternal mental illness in pregnancy and the first 5 years after giving birth
  4. Provision of postnatal care

Other activities

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology


Recent publications


Jones, E, Martin, P, Barr, M, Soundy, A & Heneghan, NR 2022, ''Knowing the noise that surrounds the athlete': a qualitative study exploring the health seeking behaviours of athletes with limb deficiency drawing on the experiences and perceptions of the medical staff and athletes', American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHM.0000000000002065

Kokab, F, Jones, E, Goodwin, L, Taylor, B & Kenyon, S 2021, 'Community Midwives views of postnatal care in the UK; a descriptive qualitative study', Midwifery, vol. 104, 103183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2021.103183

Jones, E, Taylor, B, MacArthur, C, Bradshaw, S, Hope, L & Cummins, C 2020, 'Early postnatal discharge for infants: a meta-analysis', Pediatrics, vol. 146, no. 2, e20193365. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-3365

Jones, E, Taylor, R, Rudge, G, MacArthur, C, Jyothish, D, Simkiss, D & Cummins, C 2018, 'Hospitalisation after birth of infants: cross sectional analysis of potentially avoidable admissions across England using hospital episode statistics', BMC Pediatrics, vol. 18, 390. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1360-z

Henshall, C, Kenyon, S, Taylor, R, Goodwin, L, Farre, A & Jones, E 2018, 'Improving the quality and content of midwives’ discussions with low-risk women about their options for place of birth: co-production and evaluation of an intervention package', Midwifery, vol. 59, pp. 118-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.01.016

Jones, E, Taylor, R, MacArthur, C, Pritchett, R & Cummins, C 2016, 'The effect of early postnatal discharge from hospital for women and infants: a systematic review protocol', Systematic Reviews, vol. 5, no. 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-016-0193-9

Review article

Jones, E, Stewart, F, Taylor, B, Davis, PG & Brown, SJ 2021, 'Early postnatal discharge from hospital for healthy mothers and term infants', The Cochrane Library, vol. 2021, no. 6, CD002958. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD002958.pub2

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