Walker S, Parker P, Scamell M (2017) Expertise in physiological breech birth: A mixed methods study. Birth (early view)

Walker S, Scamell M, Parker P (2017) Deliberate acquisition of competence in physiological breech birth: A grounded theory study. Women & Birth (early view)

Walker S, Breslin E, Scamell M, Parker P (2017) Effectiveness of vaginal breech birth training strategies: an integrative review of the literature. Birth. 44(2):101-9.

Walker S, Reading C, Silverwood-Cope O, Cochrane V (2017) Physiological breech birth: Evaluation of a training programme for birth professionals. The Practising Midwife. 20(2): 25-8.

Walker S, Scamell M, Parker P (2016) Principles of physiological breech birth practice: A Delphi Study. Midwifery. 43:1-6. (Author Version available Dec 2017)

ACOGfilmFineberg A, Maher B, Walker S (2016) Upright vaginal breech birth, film presented at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Washington Convention Centre, 14 May 2016.

Walker S, Scamell M, Parker P (2016) Standards for maternity care professionals attending planned upright breech births. Midwifery. 34:7-14. (Author version archived at City Research Online)

Walker S, Cochrane V (2015) Unexpected breech: what can midwives do? The Practising Midwife, 18(10): 26-29

Walker S (2015) Turning breech upside down: upright breech birth. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 25(3):325-330. Author Version MIDIRS Sept 15

Powell R, Walker S, Barrett A (2015) Informed consent to breech birth in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal 128(1418):85-92. (Archived at City Research On-line)

Walker S, Perilakalathil P, Moore J, Gibbs C, Reavell K, Crozier K (2015). Standards for midwife practitioners of external cephalic version: A Delphi study. Midwifery [Online] Available from: doi:10.1016/j.midw.2015.01.004 (Author version archived at City Research Online)

Walker S (2014). To ECV or not to ECV? The current evidence base concerning external cephalic version. The Practising Midwife 17(9):30-33(4). (Archived at City Research Online)

Plested M, Walker S (2014) Building confident ways of working around higher risk birth choices. Essentially MIDIRS 5(9):13-16. (Archived at City Research Online)

Walker S, Powell R (2014) Low overall mortality and morbidity for breech babies in the Netherlands. Acta Obstetrica et Gynecologica Scandinavica DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12497. (Available on ResearchGate)

Walker S, Sabrosa R (2014) Assessment of fetal presentation: Exploring a woman-centred approach. British Journal of Midwifery 22(4):240-244. (Author version archived at City Research Online)

Walker S (2013) Undiagnosed breech: Towards a woman-centred approach. British Journal of Midwifery 21(5):316–22. (Author version archived at City Research Online)

Walker S (2012) Breech birth: an unusual normal. The Practising Midwife 15(3):18,20–1. Click here to download – PDF

Open Peer Reviews:

Högberg U, et al, 2016. Breech delivery at a University Hospital in Tanzania. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 16, 342. doi:10.1186/s12884-016-1136-0

Toivonen E, et al, 2016. Cardiotocography in breech versus vertex delivery: an examiner-blinded, cross-sectional nested case-control study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 16, 319.


Understanding the roots of health inequalities requires new methods, mini commentary on Sauvegrain et al’s Exploring the hypothesis of differential care for African immigrant and native women in France with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy: a qualitative study (BJOG, 2017)

Response to Six ‘biases’ against patients and carers in evidence-based medicine, Greenhalgh T, Snow R, Ryan S and Salisbury H (2015) BMC Medicine 13:200, doi:10.1186/s12916-015-0437-x

4 thoughts on “Publications

  1. phoebebarton

    Hello, thanks for all of this important work. I would love to read ‘To ECV or not to ECV? The current evidence base concerning external cephalic version’ it can’t find the open access version and wondered if you could post the link or if there is anywhere I can access?
    Warm thanks

    1. midwifeshawn

      Hello, Phoebe, and thank you very much for your interest in my work. Some of the publications are available as PDFs, courtesy of the journal, and some of them I have archived as author versions in accordance with copyright requirements. I have linked to an archive location below each of the publications now, in response to your feedback. There will be a few more posted soon.

      If you are doing your own work around breech, please do share it with us! 🙂

      Best wishes, Shawn

  2. Jill Miller

    Hello Shawn. Please can you give me some information on whether / how it is possible to arrange for a breech birth midwife to be able to support a woman at another NHS hospital where they do not readily support vaginal breech birth? I heard you speak not his a couple of years ago.
    With thanks.

    1. midwifeshawn Post author

      Hi, Jill. Processes vary from area to area. Increasingly, Trusts with breech skill are supporting surrounding areas to care for women with breech babies. Sometimes, where relationships have been established, a bank contract can be arranged. Best to speak with a Supervisor of Midwives in the hospital where the woman is booked, and other nearby hospitals if internal support cannot be arranged. And feed back through the MSLC to encourage updated training for staff.
      Best wishes,


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