Scientific Papers

Scientific Papers

Peer-reviewed manuscripts 

*Bold print signifies NPEC staff member.


Campbell Sarah M, Corcoran Paul,Manning Edel, Greene Richard A, for the Severe Maternal Morbidity Advisory Group (2016). Peripartum hysterectomy incidence, risk factors and clinical characteristics in Ireland .European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology



Nuzum D, Meaney S, O’Donoghue K. (2015). The Place of Faith for Consultant Obstetricians Following Stillbirth: A Qualitative Exploratory Study. Journal of religion and health, 1-10.

Lutomski JE, Meaney S, Greene RA, Ryan AC, Devane D. (2015). Expert systems for fetal assessment in labour. The Cochrane Library.

Meaney S, Gallagher S, Lutomski JE, O’Donoghue, K. (2014). Parental decision making around perinatal autopsy: a qualitative investigation. Health Expectations.

Geisler ME, O'Mahony A, Meaney S, Waterstone J, O'Donoghue K. (2014) Obstetric and perinatal outcomes of twin pregnancies conceived following IVF/ICSI treatment compared with spontaneously conceived twin pregnancies. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.07.033.

Nuzum D, Meaney S, O’Donoghue K. (2014) The provision of spiritual and pastoral care following stillbirth in Ireland: a mixed methods study. BMJ Support Palliat Care. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000533


O’Neill SM, Agerbo E, Kenny LC, Henriksen TB, Kearney PM, Greene RA,Mortensen PB, & Khashan AS. Caesarean Section linked to slight increase of future stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy. PLoS Medicine . Jul 2014;11(7): e1001670 doi:  10.1371/journal.pmed.1001670

O’Neill SM, Agerbo E, Kenny LC, Henriksen TB, Kearney PM, Greene RA, Mortensen PB, & Khashan AS. "Cesarean Section and Rate of Subsequent Stillbirth, Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy: a Danish Register-based Cohort Study". PLOS Medicine (2014), (In Press)

Lutomski JE, Murphy M, Devane D, Meaney S, Greene RA. 2014. Private health care coverage and increased risk of obstetric intervention. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 14(13): doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-13

Nuzum D, Meaney S, O'Donoghue K. 2014. The impact of stillbirth on consultant obstetrician gynaecologists: a qualitative study. BJOG; doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12695


Fawsitt CG, Bourke J, Greene RA, Everard CM, Murphy A, Lutomski JE. 2013. At What Price? A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Comparing Trial of Labour after Previous Caesarean versus Elective Repeat Caesarean Delivery. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58577. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058577

O’Keeffe LM, Kearney PM, Greene RA. 2013. Surveillance during pregnancy: Methods and Response Rates from a hospital based pilot study of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System in Ireland. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13 (180)

McCarthy FP, O’Keeffe LM, Khashan AS, North RA, Walker JJ, Bakker PN, Dekker G, Poston L, McCowan LME, Kenny LC. 2013. Association between maternal alcohol consumption in early pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 122 (4), 830-837

O’Neill SM, Kearney PM, Kenny LC, Henriksen TB, Lutomski JE, Greene RA, Khashan AS. 2013. Caesarean section and subsequent pregnancy interval – a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 13(165). (

Gallagher S, Meaney S, Muldoon OT. Social identity influences stress appraisals and cardiovascular reactions to acute stress exposure. British Journal of Health Psychology. 2013. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12056

Kenny LC, Lavender T, McNamee R, O’Neill SM, Mills T, Khashan AS. 2013. Advanced Maternal Age and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome: Evidence from a Large Contemporary Cohort. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56583. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056583

O’Neill SM, Kearney PM, Kenny LC, Khashan AS, Henriksen TB, Lutomski JE, Greene RA. 2013. Caesarean Delivery and Subsequent Stillbirth or Miscarriage: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 8(1): e54588. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054588

O'Neill SM, Khashan A, Kenny L, Greene RA, Henriksen T, Lutomski J, Kearney P. 2013. Caesarean section and subsequent ectopic pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG 2013: 120:671–680)

Lutomski JE, Molloy EJ, Dempsey EM. 2013. An epidemiological study of factors associated with preterm infant in-hospital mortality.   Ir Med J. 2013: 106(1):9-12


Lutomski JE, Morrison JJ, Lydon-Rochelle. Regional variation in obstetric intervention for hospital birth: a population-based retrospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2012; 12(123). doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-12-123

Lutomski JE, Greene RA, Byrne BM. Severe maternal morbidity during childbirth hospitalisation: a comparative analysis between the Republic of Ireland and Australia. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2012; 163(2):148-53

Lutomski JE, Byrne BM, Devane D, Greene RA. Increasing trends in atonic postpartum haemorrhage in Ireland: An 11-year population-based cohort study. BJOG. 2012; 119:306-314

O'Neill SM, Fitzgerald A, Briend A, Van den Broeck J. "Child mortality as predicted by nutritional status and recent weight velocity in under-two children in rural Africa". J Nutr. 2012; doi: 10.3945/?jn.111.151878

Marchocki Z, Brennan DJ, Mak C, O'Riordan M, Greene RA. An unusual case of small bowel obstruction post caesarean section. JSCR 2011 11:7

Lutomski JE, Morrison JJ, Greene RA, Lydon-Rochelle MT. Maternal morbidity during delivery hospitalization. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 117(3):596-602. 


National Institutes of Health. National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement vaginal birth after cesarean: new insights March 8-10, 2010. Semin Perinatol. 2010 Oct; 34(5):351-65. (This research was funded in part by the NPEC.)

Lydon-Rochelle MT, Cahill AG, Spong CY. Birth after previous cesarean delivery: short-term maternal outcomes. Semin Perinatol. 2010; 34(4):249-57.

McNamara K, O'Donoghue K, O'Connell O, Greene RA. Antenatal and Intrapartum Care of Pregnancy with lethal fetal anomaly.

Unterscheider J, Horgan RP, Greene RA, Higgins JR. The management of reduced fetal movements in an uncomplicated pregnancy at term: Results from an anonymous national online survey in the Republic of Ireland. J. Obstet Gynaecol, 2010; 578-582

Murphy BP, Armstrong K, Ryan CA, Jenkins JG. Benchmarking care for very low birthweight infants in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2010; 95:F30-F35. doi:10.1136/adc.2009.160002. (This research was funded in part by the NPEC.)


Arya A, Cryan B, O'Sullivan K, Greene RA, Higgins JR. Self-collected versus health professional-collected genital swabs to identify the prevalence of group B streptococcus: a comparison of patient preference and efficacy. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2008;139 (1): 43-45

O'Donoghue K, Sheridan CP, O'Sullivan K, Greene RA, Higgins JR. Timing of birth related to obstetric practice and neonatal outcome. Ir Med J.2008; 101(7) 205-207 


Allen C, Greene RA, Higgins JR. Audit of Antenatal Clinic for High-Risk Obstetric Patients; Activity and Outcomes. Ir Med J. 2007; 100(9):591-593

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork