Dr Magdalena Ohaja

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD

 
researcher
 

Biography

Magdalena is a lecturer in Midwifery at NUI Galway. She is a qualitative researcher. Her PhD thesis explored the concept of safe motherhood as experienced and understood by women, midwives and traditional birth attendants as well as the social structures that shape their experiences and understanding in southeast Nigeria. The study employed hermeneutic phenomenological approach guided by poststructural feminism.
In her MSc. dissertation, she explored support for learning in the clinical area for post registration student midwives.

Research Interests

Women's/maternal health, safe motherhood, normal labour and childbirth, Informal (traditional) birth attendants, cultural birth practices, and international policies around pregnancy and birth.
Midwifery education, learning support for midwifery student, clinical learning environment.
Methodologies - Qualitative research - hermeneutics, phenomenology, feminisms, discourse analysis and ethnography.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Midwives' views of traditional birth attendants within formal healthcare in Nigeria'
Ohaja M;Murphy-Lawless J;Dunlea M; (2019) 'Midwives' views of traditional birth attendants within formal healthcare in Nigeria'. Women And Birth : Journal Of The Australian College Of Midwives, [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Religion and Spirituality in Pregnancy and Birth: The Views of Birth Practitioners in Southeast Nigeria'
Ohaja, M;Murphy-Lawless, J;Dunlea, M (2019) 'Religion and Spirituality in Pregnancy and Birth: The Views of Birth Practitioners in Southeast Nigeria'. Religions, 10 (82):1-10 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'PERSISTENT CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS ENCOUNTERED BY WOMEN ATTENDING FORMAL ANTENATAL CARE IN SOUTH EAST NIGERIA'
Ohaja, M;Murphy-Lawless, J (2017) 'PERSISTENT CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS ENCOUNTERED BY WOMEN ATTENDING FORMAL ANTENATAL CARE IN SOUTH EAST NIGERIA'. African Journal Of Nursing And Midwifery, 19 (2):1-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Unilateral collaboration: The practices and understandings of traditional birth attendants in southeastern Nigeria'
Ohaja M;Murphy-Lawless J; (2017) 'Unilateral collaboration: The practices and understandings of traditional birth attendants in southeastern Nigeria'. Women And Birth : Journal Of The Australian College Of Midwives, 30 (4):e165-e171 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Response to Uganda placement (June – December 2013)'
Magdalena Ohaja (2014) 'Response to Uganda placement (June – December 2013)'. The Practising Midwife, [Details]
(2014) 'The complexities of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa'
Ohaja M. and Murphy-Lawless J. (2014) 'The complexities of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa'. Aims Journal, 26 (4) [Details]
(2014) 'Safe motherhood initiative: what is next?'
Ohaja M; (2014) 'Safe motherhood initiative: what is next?'. The Practising Midwife, 17 (6) [Details]
(2013) 'Group marking and peer assessment during a group poster presentation: the experiences and views of midwifery students'
Ohaja M;Dunlea M;Muldoon K; (2013) 'Group marking and peer assessment during a group poster presentation: the experiences and views of midwifery students'. Nurse Education In Practice, 13 (5):466-470 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Contestations around safe motherhood and safe motherhood initiatives'
Magdalena Ohaja (2012) 'Contestations around safe motherhood and safe motherhood initiatives'. Essentially MIDIRS, 3 (6):32-36 [Details]
(2010) 'Support for learning in the clinical area: the experiences of post-registration student midwives'
Magdalena Ohaja (2010) 'Support for learning in the clinical area: the experiences of post-registration student midwives'. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2 (1):14.1-14.14 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2019) 1st African Research Day Symposium, Technological University Dublin
Magdalena Ohaja (2019) The multiple meanings of safe motherhood 1st African Research Day Symposium, Technological University Dublin [Details]
(2018) Old Tension, Emerging Paradoxes in Health: Rights, Knowledge and Trust,ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Ohaja M., Murphy-Lawless J. and Dunlea M (2018) Birth Space in Nigeria: a site of conflict Old Tension, Emerging Paradoxes in Health: Rights, Knowledge and Trust,ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal [Details]
(2018) Spirituality at a Crossroads, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin
Ohaja M., Murphy-Lawless J. and Dunlea M (2018) Spiritual and Religious Aspects of Pregnancy and Birth in Nigeria Spirituality at a Crossroads, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin [Details]
(2017) AHRC Risks of Childbirth in Historical Perspective Network. University of Leeds
Dunlea M, Murphy-Lawless J, Ohaja M. (2017) The nature and impact of risk discourse in the provision of antenatal: A literature review AHRC Risks of Childbirth in Historical Perspective Network. University of Leeds [Details]
(2017) 31st ICM Triennial Congress, Toronto Canada
Ohaja M. and Murphy-Lawless J. (2017) Safe Motherhood in Southeast Nigeria and Its Complexities 31st ICM Triennial Congress, Toronto Canada [Details]
(2017) AHRC Risks of Childbirth in Historical Perspective Network. University of Brighton
Ohaja M., Murphy-Lawless J. and Dunlea M (2017) Cultural safety: construction of risk in the context of safe motherhood in Nigeria AHRC Risks of Childbirth in Historical Perspective Network. University of Brighton [Details]
(2014) Optimising Childbirth Across Europe, Brussels
Magdalena Ohaja (2014) Socio-cultural aspects of safe/unsafe motherhood Optimising Childbirth Across Europe, Brussels [Details]
(2014) 30th ICM Triennial Prague Congress, Prague
Magdalena Ohaja (2014) The place of traditional births attendants within formal maternity care setting in South-east Nigeria: midwives' perspective 30th ICM Triennial Prague Congress, Prague [Details]
(2014) Perception of Pregnancy from Medieval to 20th Century, Hartfield UK
Ohaja M (2014) Co-existing belief systems of pregnancy and birth in South-eastern Nigeria and their influence on women’s health-seeking behaviour Perception of Pregnancy from Medieval to 20th Century, Hartfield UK [Details]
(2013) Reimagining Birth Symposium. Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland
Magdalena Ohaja (2013) Western obstetrics: implications for safe motherhood in the developing world Reimagining Birth Symposium. Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland [Details]
(2013) 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference Health, Wellbeing and Innovation: recent advances in research, practice and education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin
Magdalena Ohaja (2013) Safe motherhood initiatives: who makes the decisions and for whose interest? 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference Health, Wellbeing and Innovation: recent advances in research, practice and education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin [Details]
(2012) 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference - Doctoral Colloquium Session: Optimising Health in the 21st Century: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin
Magdalena Ohaja (2012) The applicability of the global safe motherhood initiative and the MDG-5 to developing world context 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference - Doctoral Colloquium Session: Optimising Health in the 21st Century: School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin [Details]
(2011) 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin
Ohaja M. and Murphy-Lawless J. (2011) The place of feminists in hermeneutic phenomenology 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin [Details]
(2011) 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin
Muldoon K., Dunlea M. and Ohaja M (2011) An exploratory study of midwifery students’ experience of the use of poster presentation for learning and assessment 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin [Details]
(2011) All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE): The Challenge for Graduate in a Changed World. Dublin City University, Ireland
Dunlea M., Muldoon K. and Ohaja M (2011) Midwifery students’ experiences of group work when preparing and presenting a poster All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE): The Challenge for Graduate in a Changed World. Dublin City University, Ireland [Details]
(2007) 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and technology, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin
Magdalena Ohaja (2007) Student midwives’ expectations and experiences of support for learning in the clinical area 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and technology, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2018) Critical Perspectives on maternal Health in Africa,,
Magdalena Ohaja (2018) The Impact of International Policies on Maternal Health in Africa, Critical Perspectives on maternal Health in Africa. [Invited Oral Presentation], Critical Perspectives on maternal Health in Africa,, Warwick Business School, The Shad, London, , 14-JUN-18 - 14-JUN-18. [Details]
(2017) THE PREGNANTARCHIVE: Materialising Conception to Birth,
Magdalena Ohaja (2017) Material culture of ‘food’ during pregnancy in Nigeria’. [Invited Oral Presentation], THE PREGNANTARCHIVE: Materialising Conception to Birth, Birkbeck, University of London , 30-NOV-17 - 01-DEC-17. [Details]
(2008) Essence of Midwifery Care, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital Dublin,
Magdalena Ohaja (2008) Student midwives’ expectations and experiences of support for learning in the clinical area. [Oral Presentation], Essence of Midwifery Care, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital Dublin, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital Dublin , 05-MAY-08 - 05-MAY-08. [Details]

Bulletin

  Year Publication
(2016) Healthy Mother, Happy Family, In Mother’s Day Bulletin African Chaplaincy Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.
Magdalena Ohaja (2016) Healthy Mother, Happy Family, In Mother’s Day Bulletin African Chaplaincy Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Bulletin [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
(2018) Readers' blog: Natural birth is not an 'elitist' philosophy, The Irish Examiner.
Brady V., Clive A., Daly D., Dunlea M., Gallagher L., Hughes P., Kalu F., Newnham E., O'Boyle C., Ohaja M. & Webster J. (2018) Readers' blog: Natural birth is not an 'elitist' philosophy, The Irish Examiner. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2018) 'We need maternity care providers who respect women and who listen to women'.The Irish Times.
Brady V., Clive A., Daly D., Dunlea M., Gallagher L, Hughes P., Kalu F., Newnham E., O'Boyle C., Ohaja M. & Webster J. (2018) 'We need maternity care providers who respect women and who listen to women'.The Irish Times. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2004) Supporting New Mothers Irish Independent.
Magdalena Ohaja (2004) Supporting New Mothers Irish Independent. Newspaper Articles [Details]