Dr Louise Hunter

PhD, MA (Oxon), RM

Associate Lecturer

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


I manange the midwifery programmes. My teaching and practice interests include breastfeeding, young mothers and postnatal care. I help secure and maintain 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. 

I am a registered midwife - NMC PIN 99I7522E

Teaching and supervision

Teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Claire Litchfield Is the use of water immersion for women in labour or giving birth both safe and effective as a method for improving rates of normal birth for women who are obese? Active


My research interests centre around improving midwifery care and women’s experiences of maternity services. I have investigated the potential of Mindfulness to improve the workplace culture in maternity and to help women in labour and early parenthood. I have worked as a Research Fellow on the REACH project, an NIHR-funded programme testing a group approach to antenatal care. I am currently involved in projects looking at the management of anaemia in pregnancy, and the feasibility and acceptability of water birth, particularly for women with a raised BMI.



  • An exploration of the application and learning experiences of BAME midwifery students


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Member of the RCM
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy