Associate Professor Emerita
UBC School of Nursing
T201 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Canada V6T 2B5
BSN , University of British Columbia
MSN , University of British Columbia
PhD , University of Alberta
Chairperson, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Eta Chapter, Awards Committee
Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Eta Chapter.
Chairperson, International Lactation Consultant Association Research Committee
Reviewer for Current Issues in Clinical Lactation, Qualitative Health Research Journal, Journal of Human Lactation
Principal Investigator of a national project for implementing the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Initiative in Canada.
Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed
Hanvey, L. Chalmers, B., Hewat, R., Fjeld, M., Levitt, C. & Sanders, M. (1998). Survey of breastfeeding support groups to assess the current status of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiaive/Baby-Friendly Initiative BFHI/BFI activities in Canada. Publication available from the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada.
Hewat, R.J. (1998). Research and breastfeeding. In J. Riordan & K. G. Auerbach (Eds.), Breastfeeding and Human Milk , 2nd Ed. (pp. 747-774). Boston: Jones & Bartlett Pub.
Elliott, M.R., Reilly, S.M., Drummond, J., & Hewat, R.J. (1994). Infant crying and soothing: Development of and results from a program of nursing research. In Proceedings, vol. 1, of the Workgroup of European Nurse Researchers WENR Oslo, Norway.
Hewat, R.J. (1993). Research and breastfeeding. In J. Riordan & K. G. Auerbach (Eds.), Breastfeeding and Human Milk. (pp. 573-595). Boston: Jones & Bartlett Pub.
Ellis D.J., Livingstone, V., & Hewat, R.J. (1993). Breastfeeding assessment: A case study approach. Journal of Human Lactation, 8(3), 10-14.
Hewat, R.J. & Elliott, M.R. (1992). Review of The Canadian Medical Association Complete Book of Mother & Baby Care. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 147(10), 1517-1518.
Hewat, R.J. (1992). The experience of living with an incessantly crying infant. Phenomenology and Pedagogy, 10, 160-171.
Hewat, R.J. (1991). Preparing mothers: Prenatal lactation assessment. British Columbia Medical Journal, 34(2), 88-90.
Hewat, R.J. (1987). Chapters: Prenatal preparation for breastfeeding (pp. 22-25); Lactation and breastfeeding (pp. 162-165); Maternal breastfeeding problems (pp. 166-167); Breastfeeding problems in the infant (pp. 168-169); Psychological adjustment to parental role (pp. 172-173); Parent-infant interaction (pp. 174-175); Mastitis (pp. 194-195); Difficult mother-infant interaction (pp. 200-201); Difficult adjustment to parental role (pp. 202-203); Nutritional assessment and infant feeding (pp. 224
Hewat, R.J., & Ellis, D.J. (1987). A comparison of the effectiveness of two methods of nipple care: A pilot study. Birth, 14(1), 41-45.
Hewat, R.J., & Ellis, D.J. (1986). Similarities and differences between women who breastfeed for short and long duration. Midwifery, 2, 37-43.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1986). Breastfeeding: A learned art. Best Wishes, 38(1), 12-14.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1986). Patterns of infant feeding in the first six months of life. Human Nutrition, 4(3), 167-175.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1985). Postpartum sexuality: Mothers’ perceptions of their spousal relationship. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing, 14(2), 140-146.
Hewat, R.J. (1985). More effective education for breastfeeding women. The Canadian Nurse, 81(1), 38-40.
Hewat, R.J., & Ellis, D.J. (1985). Breastfeeding: A personal decision. Expecting: A Pregnancy Guide, 1(2), 49-50.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1984). Do nurses support breastfeeding mothers?. Midwives Chronicle, 97(1153), 45-47.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1984). Do we support breastfeeding mothers?. Breastfeeding Review, (Dec), 27-30.
Hewat, R.J., & Ellis, D.J. (1984). Breastfeeding as a maternal-child team effort: Women’s perceptions. Health Care for Women International, 5, 437-452.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1984). Factors related to breastfeeding duration. Canadian Family Physician, 30, 1479, 1481-1484.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1984). Breastfeeding: Motivation and outcome. Journal of Biosocial Science, 16(1), 81-88.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1983). Do nurses help or hinder mothers who breastfeed?. ? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 8(4), 281-288.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1983). Questions and answers for nurses about care of breastfeeding women. Midwife Health Visitor and Community Nurse, 20(7), 276,278,281.
Ellis, D.J., & Hewat, R.J. (1982). Assisting women with breastfeeding: Implementation and evaluation of a program to augment nursing interventions. In G. Zilm, A. Hilton, & M. Richmond (Eds.), Proceedings of the National Nursing Research Conference (pp. 258-268). Vancouver: University of British Columbia School of Nursing.
Hewat, R. J. (1984). Review of Silent Knife. Canadian Nurse, 80(1), 56.
Professor Hewat does teaching, research and clinical practice centred on childbearing and early childrearing families in hospital and community settings. Her special interests and expertise are infant feeding, specifically breastfeeding and parent/caregiver-infant interaction (NCAST certified). Research in process is a study of Mother-Infant Interaction During Breastfeeding using videotaped observations and a Coder2 computer program. Professor Hewat has completed several qualitative research studies: Parents’ Experiences Living with an Incessantly Crying Infant, Women’s Perceptions of the Breastfeeding Experience and Chinese Women’s Infant Feeding Practices. Studies using quantitative methods include Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Breastfeeding Clinic, A Comparison of Nursing Interventions for Reducing Nipple Pain in Breastfeeding Women and the Implementation and Evaluation of a Program to Increase Duration of Breastfeeding. Activities that promote, protect and support breastfeeding and the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative include: co-chair of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (formerly the Canadian Expert Working Group on Breastfeeding) , a member of the B.C. Baby Friendly Network and chair of the Research Committee of the International Lactation Consultants’ Association (ILCA).