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Louise Armstrong
Lecturer in Midwifery



Louise’s background is in both nursing and midwifery. She qualified as a nurse in 1984 in Sheffield and worked in both ophthalmology and accident and emergency before starting midwifery at St Mary’s in Paddington, London in 1986.

Once qualified as a midwife, Louise worked clinically for a number of years. She started in hospital and then moved to the community around Camden and Bloomsbury at University College Hospital. It was here that Louise was involved with a wide range of midwifery practice including water births, home births, all manner of antenatal care (particularly to Bengali women) and postnatal care. It was during this time that her interest in infant feeding grew.

Louise then became a lecturer/practitioner at King’s College, London and later a midwifery lecturer. It was during this time that she became involved with the ‘Baby Friendly Initiative’ (BFI) UNICEF, WHO project working with them to create the University Education Standards award. Louise led the project to gain accreditation for the midwifery undergraduate programmes at King’s College and later at the University of York.

Louise joined the midwifery education team at the University of York in 2010.  Louise is interested in all aspects of midwifery education and practice. In particular: Infant feeding; ‘normal’ birth and a ‘social’ model of midwifery care; 3rd stage of labour, reflective practice and midwifery undergraduate admission processes.


  • RGN
  • RM
  • BSc (Hons)
  • MSc

Departmental roles

  • BFI accreditation lead
  • Cohort lead



  • Public Health in Midwifery
  • Transition to Professional Self
  • Applied Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery Practice 2
  • Elective Placement


Full publications list

  • Armstrong, LM, (2017) Breasts, bottles and health promotion in Bowden J & Manning V (eds) Health Promotion in Midwifery: Principles & practice (3nd edition) London: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Long, L 2010 User involvement in student selection. The Practisting Midwife,Vol. 13 no 10, Nov. p26-27.
  • Long, L 2009 ‘Stepping up’: meeting the challenge of education & research Today. Conference review. The Practising Midwife, vol 12, no 8, Sept, pp 43.
  • Long, L 2006 Redefining the second stage of labour could help promote normal Birth. British Journal of Midwifery, vol 14, issue 2, Feb, pp 104-106.
  • Long, L 2006 Breastfeeding and Medication: what’s good practice? Midwives, RCM, vol 9, no 10, Oct, pp 397-398.
  • Long, L 2006 Promoting breastfeeding: What works? in Bowden J & Manning V (eds) Health Promotion in Midwifery: Principles & practice (2nd edition) London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Long, L 2003 Defining third stage of labour care and discussing optimal practice MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, vol 13, no 3, Sept, pp 366-370.
  • Long, L 2000 Antepartum haemorrhage: Teaching to enhance practice The Practising Midwife, vol 3, no 5, May, pp 32-35.
  • Long, L 2000 “This house believes…..” Using debate in midwifery education The practising Midwife, vol 3, no 10, Nov, pp20-22.
  • Jamieson, L 1997 Promoting Breastfeeding in Crafter, H (eds) Health Promotion in & Long, L Midwifery. London: Arnold.
  • Long, L 1994 Folic Acid campaign by the Health Education Authority British Journal of Midwifery, vol 4, no 1, Jan, pp.740.
  • Long, L 1995 Breastfeeding Workshops: a focus on knowledge, skills and attitudes. British Journal of Midwifery, vol 3, no 10, Oct, pp.540-4.

External activities


  • Member of the 'Baby Friendly' (UNICEF, WHO) NIFN (National Infant Feeding Network) for Universities
  • Member of the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Skills Network
  • Member of the NMC Future Midwifery Thought Leadership Team

Louise Armstrong

Contact details

Louise Armstrong

Tel: 01904 32(1368)