Dr. Khadizah Haji Abdul Mumin


Assistant Professor, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences and Research Fellow, e-Government Innovation Centre


2017 - NEBOSH (Credit - 196)

2014/2015 - Brunei-US ELEP: Academic Exchange - Postdoctorate Training in Nursing Research in the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

2007/2011 - Full In-Service Training awarded by Government of His Majesty Sultan of Brunei - Doctor of Philosophy in Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

2004/2005 - Queen Elizabeth II CfBT Chevening Education Scholarship; A joint-Award of CfBT Brunei Darussalam, City University London, British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office United Kingdom - Master of Science in Midwifery at the City University, London, United Kingdom.

2000/2001 - In-country Government In Service Training by Government of His Majesty Sultan of Brunei - Postgraduate Certificate of Technical Education in Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

1994/1997 - Ministry of Education of Government of His Majesty Sultan of Brunei Scholarhip for Brunei Students - Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Pre-Registration Midwifery at Anglia Polytechnic University, Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom.


Nursing/Midwifery Education and Practice
Religion and Culture and the relationship to Health and Illness
Public Health
Maternal and Child Health


Perinatal loss and Misscarriages Experiences

Women and their partners celebrate pregnancy with joy. However, not all outcomes of pregnancies are successful. Some couples experienced pregnancies’ losses such as through miscarriages, the born of deceased and even stillbirth babies that resulted to the experiences of grief. The period of mourning and grief following the loss or death or even poor prognosis of the infants is usually termed as bereavement. These experiences posed challenges to nurses’/midwives’ and other healthcare practitioners' (e.g. Doctors, religious advisors, psychologists, and etcs) in exercising ther roles in caring for the bereaved couples. In addition, husbands of the women are too faced with great challenges during this vulnerable period. Islam being the national religion and Malay being the dominant citizen in Brunei requires that the provision of healthcare, specifically nursing/midwifery care to be tailored to these needs. These include taking into account the Multicultural societies of Brunei in application of the Melayu Islam Beraja. Hence, this project highlight the significance of delivering cultural specific nursing/midwifery care in Brunei that uphold the ‘Melayu Islam Beraja’ as the country’s philosophy, and is in line with the aspiration of His Majesty the Sultan on becoming a country as ‘a zikir nation’. Therefore, the data from this project will have significant implications for developing educational and health intervention programs targeted at helping couples and their family experiencing pregnancy loss. This project is jointly led by Dr. Siti Mazidah from Faculty of Art and Social Sciences and Dr. Khadizah from PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam with other research experts fromARSB IHS, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) and the Ministry of Health.

Applications Invited
1 MA from FASS, 1 MHSc Midwifery (already taken)

The practice of postnatal warming ("berdiang") amongst women in Brunei.

One of the current cultural practice of warming women’s body in the postnatal period in Brunei is called “Berdiang”. Charcoals are heated on fire and put into a big can and women are to lie beside the can. However, the use of charcoal burnt with fuel in fire can be viewed to be hazardous if practice in poorly ventilated confined spaces. It can lead to carbon monoxide production and consequently poisoning. This study aims to determine women’s awareness of the practice of “Berdiang”; whether they have been previously involved in this practice, and; if there are any intention to carry out this practice following their current delivery. This research is led by Dr. Khadizah abd Dk. Dr. Nurolaini from PAPRSB IHS, with other research experts in the same faculty, and the Ministry of Health.

Applications Invited

Spiritual Aspect of Childbirth

Childbirth is long known as a normal process in a woman's life event. However, it is a significant experience; not only to the women, but also the men as their husband. In some countries and culture, the event is also fundamental to the couples' families. Hence, women's health throughout the childbirth period is an important aspect of their life. Historically, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), health is not merely the absence of diseases and infirmity, but comprises of a holistic aspects: physical/biological; psychological/mental; social; and spiritual. All these aspects are inter-connected and inter-related to each other contributing to the complete health of women, their husbands and other carers throughout the childbirth event. Although there are substantial amount of research conducted into various areas of childbirth. The research mainly focuses on the physical/biological being of the women. The study specific to the spiritual being of women during childbirth is still consider as a grey area, and Brunei is not exceptional. Taking the spiritual aspects for granted or ignoring them will incomplete the wellbeing of women throughout childbirth. This research has three stages. The first stage is aimed at a one year research project focusing on the antenatal period. Throughout the antenatal period, a woman may be hospitalized due to medical reasons and complications of childbirth. These are such as having medically diagnosed for having high blood pressure; diabetes; and anaemia. Common complications throughout childbirth may include hyperemesis gravidarum; constipations; and backpain/joint pain. Due to these diagnoses or complications, women are usually interpreted as sick. Spiritual wellbeing of the women, in particular, their religious needs are often taken for granted. It is noteworthy that the dominant religion of the population of Brunei is Islam that comprises of about 80% of the total population. Islam is not only a religion in Brunei, but also that guided the daily living of Muslim in Brunei. Praying (Shalah) five times in a day is the first pillar of Islam. It can be considered as an aspect of basic religious need for any hospitalized individual, including the pregnant woman. Muslim also recite du'a and zikir; and read al-qur'an to strengthen spiritual wellbeing. This propose study aim at exploring nurses'/midwives' roles in providing spiritual care (in particular the religious aspect) to women during hospitalization at the antenatal period. These religious needs are such as assisting women to perform prayer (shalah); encouraging du'a and dzikir; reading al-qur'an and other religious needs. The study objectives are to: 1) describe the religious needs of women during hospitalization in the antenatal period. 2) explain the facilitators and barriers for nurses/midwives in assisting women for meeting their religious needs during hospitalization in the antenatal period 3) suggest recommendations for assisting women in meeting their religious needs during hospitalization in the antenatal period. The second, third and fourth stages of this project will focus on labour and the postnatal period; and the care of the newborn. This large project is targeted at enhancing the Ibadah-friendly hospital Initiatives which are already in existence in Brunei Public Hospitals. This project will be co-led by Dr. Khadizah from PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSBIHS) and Dr. Azmi from Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) with involvement of other research experts from PAPRSB IHS, Institute of Policy Studies; and the Ministry of Health.

Applications Invited

Google Scholar Citations


Google Scholar h-index


Google Scholar i10-index


Perinatal loss - approximately $14k
National study of Elderly People - approximately $10k


The development of midwifery education in Brunei Darussalam.
KHA Mumin. British Journal of Midwifery 23 (8), 2015.

Practices of village midwives (‘bidan kampong’) in Brunei Darussalam: A qualitative study
KH Abdul Mumin, Brunei Int Med J 11 (2), 74-81, 2015.

Village midwives and their changing roles in Brunei Darussalam: A qualitative study
KH Abdul-Mumin, Women and Birth, 2016.

The process of internationalization of the nursing and midwifery curriculum: A qualitative study.
KH Abdul-Mumin, Nurse Education Today 46, 139-145, 2016.

A study into psychosocial factors as predictors of work-related fatigue.
HA Rahman, K Abdul-Mumin, N Lin. British Journal of Nursing 25 (13), 757-763, 2016.

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Ministry of Health


Emergency Department, Medical and Surgical Wards, Isolation Ward, Maternity Wards.