Dr Louise Hunter PhD, MA(Oxon), RM
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
I have been working as a midwifery lecturer since 2010, when I joined the University of West London. I started at Brookes in November 2014. Before joining Brookes, I combined my lecturing post with a job as a community midwife in Oxford. Since qualifying as a midwife in 2003, I have worked in hospital and community environments.
My teaching and practice interests include breastfeeding, young mothers and postnatal care. At the University of West London I led the initiative to gain UNICEF Baby Friendly status for the midwifery programmes, and my PhD research focused on the obstacles experienced by young mothers initiating and continuing to breastfeed in hospital in the early days after birth. I also have an interest in spiritual theories of maternity care, having previously taken a degree in Theology.
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Member of the RCM
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Undergraduate Module Leader for Emergencies in Childbirth, Public Health in Midwifery Practice and Introducing Critical Appraisal Skills. Teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Chapters in books
Hunter, L. (2015). Spirituality in Midwifery Care. Chapter 6 in Lindsay, P. and Peate, I. (Eds), “Introducing the Social Sciences for Midwifery Practice: Birthing in A Contemporary Society” Routledge, Abingdon p87-102.
Peer Reviewed Papers
Hunter, L. (2015) Making time and space: the impact of mindfulness training on nursing and midwifery practice. A Critical Interpretative Synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, in press.
Hunter, L. Magill-Cuerden, J. and McCourt, C (2015). ‘Oh no, no, no, we haven’t got time to be doing that’. Challenges encountered introducing a breastfeeding support intervention on a postnatal ward. Midwifery 31:8, 798-804.
Hunter, L. Magill-Cuerden, J. and McCourt, C. (2015). Disempowered, passive and isolated: how teenage mothers' postnatal inpatient experiences in the UK impact on the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding. Journal of Maternal and Child Nutrition 11:1, 47-58.
Hunter, L. and Magill-Cuerden, J. (2014). Young mothers' decisions to initiate and continue breastfeeding in the UK: tensions inherent in the paradox between being, but not being able to be seen to be, a good mother. Evidence Based Midwifery 12:2, 46-51.
Hunter, L. Magill-Cuerden, J. and McCourt, C. (2013). Addressing the institutional barriers to teenage mothers initiating breastfeeding on the postnatal ward (conference abstract). Maternal and Child Nutrition Supplement 3, 14-15.
Hunter, L. (2012). Challenging the reported disadvantages of e-questionnaires and addressing methodological issues of online data collection. Nurse Researcher 20:1, 11-20.
Hunter, L. (2015). Being with woman: claiming midwifery space. The Practising Midwife 18:3, 20-22.
Swift, J. and Hunter, L. (2014). Exploring abuse. Midwives 3, 42-3.
Hunter, L. (2013). Discourses of teenage motherhood: finding a framework that enables the provision of appropriate support. Part 1: Risk discourses and the shortcomings of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. Essentially MIDIRS 4:3, 32-7.
Hunter, L. (2013). Discourses of teenage motherhood: finding a framework that enables the provision of appropriate support. Part 2: situational and developmental perspectives. Essentially MIDIRS 4:4, 32-7.
Hunter, L. (2014). Compassionate Care: an oxymoron on the postnatal ward? University of Worcester Normal Birth Conference, Worcester.
Hunter, L. (2013). Addressing the institutional barriers to teenage mothers initiating breastfeeding on the postnatal ward. Maternal Infant Nutrition and Nurture conference, University of Central Lancashire
Hunter, L. (2012). Teenage mothers' early postnatal experiences establishing breastfeeding: identifying barriers to develop tools to improve in-hospital support. Royal College of Midwives' Annual Conference, Brighton.
Publications from RADAR
- Hunter, L (2016) Making time and space: the impact of mindfulness training on nursing and midwifery practice. A Critical Interpretative Synthesis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25 (7). pp. 918-929. [summary page]
- Warriner, S, Hunter, L, Dymond, M (2016) Mindfulness in maternity: evaluation of a course for midwives. British Journal of Midwifery, 24 (3). [summary page]
- Hunter, L (0) Mindfulness training can reduce depression and anxiety among nurses. Evidence-Based Nursing, 20 (2). [summary page]