Ms. Shela Hirani is a doctoral student at the University of Alberta. She has worked as an Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan. She is an Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC); she has completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing (MScN) in 2010, Advanced Diploma in Early Child Development in 2009, and Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2003 from the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
Ms. Hirani’s area of specialty is Maternal and Child Health with the focus on “Early child development” and “Human lactation”. She has published several papers in the refereed journals pertinent to the theme of maternal and child health in Pakistani context. She is the recipient of several international, national, and university based awards and distinctions on the basis of her outstanding performance in the academia.
She has immense experiences of conducting training sessions at hospital and diverse community setups. She has served as guest speaker at various national forums, as well as has presented her research papers at national and international conferences.
Ms. Hirani is also affiliated with international professional organizations, including International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Developmental Origins of Health and Diseases (DOHAD), and Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN). Ms. Shela Hirani has served as Chair of Child Health Nursing Interest group at Aga Khan University, and President of the Rho Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International: An honor society of nursing.
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1. Hirani, S. A., & Olson, J. (2016). Concept analysis of maternal autonomy in the context of breastfeeding. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12211.
2. Khowaja, Y., Karmaliani, R., Hirani, S., Khowaja. A.R., Rafique, G., & McFarlane, J. (2015). A pilot study of a 6-week parenting program for mothers of pre-school children attending family health centers in Karachi, Pakistan. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 5 (2), 91-97.
3. Hirani, S. A. (2015). Continuing breastfeeding with paid employment: breastfeeding and support from women’s informal social network. Clinical Lactation, 6 (4). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/2158-07126.96.36.199. [Indexed in Google scholar; Publisher: Spring Publishing Company]
4. Hirani, S. A. (2015). The magical role of play therapy. Reflection on Nursing Leadership, 41 (1). Retrieved from http://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/Pages/Vol41_1_Hirani_PlayTherapy.aspx. [Indexed in CINHAL & EBSCOHOST]
5. Sachwani, S., Karmaliani, R., Hirani, S. A., Khowaja. A. R., & Lalwani, E. (2015). Association between breastfeeding and childhood obesity among school-going children, 5-16 years of age in Karachi, Pakistan. International Journal of Nursing Education, 8 (2), 265-270.
6. Sachwani, S., Karmaliani, R., Hirani, S. A., Khowaja. A. R., & Lalwani, E. (2015). Whether maternal factors are associated with childhood obesity: A matched case-control study. International Journal of Nursing Education, 8 (2), 298-302.
7. Hirani, S. A. (2014). Vulnerability of internally displaced children in disaster relief camps of pakistan: issues, challenges and way forward. Early Child Development and Care, 184 (9),1499-1506. Doi: 10.1080/03004430.2014.901012.
8.Hirani, S. A., & Dias, J. (2013). Pediatric Baccalaureate Nursing Curriculum in Pakistan: Strengths, limitations, and recommendations. International Journal of Nursing Education [in press]. [Indexed in INDEX COPERNICUS, CINHAL, & EMBASE].
9. Hirani, S. A., & Karmaliani, R. (2013). The Experiences of Urban, Professional Women when Combining Breastfeeding with Paid Employment in Karachi, Pakistan: A Qualitative study. Women and Birth, 26 (2), 147-1515. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2012.10.007. [Indexed in PUBMED, MEDLINE, Scopus, & CINHAL; Publisher: Elsevier].
10. Hirani, S. A., Karmaliani, R., Christie, T., Parpio, Y., & Rafique, G. (2013). Perceived Breastfeeding Support A