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Rachel Lavelle
Lecturer in Midwifery and Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice



Rachel qualified as a Midwife in 1987 and since then has worked in all areas of midwifery practice, first in Derby and then in Middlesbrough. She has experience in both midwifery-led care and in complicated maternity care. Rachel developed a keen interest in teaching and was responsible for mentoring student midwives and for the clinical teaching of medical students in practice as well as teaching obstetric emergency management on the Obstetric Emergency Training Course for obstetric staff. She is a Neonatal Life Support Instructor with the Resuscitation Council and an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor with ALSO (UK) and has taught on courses both nationally and internationally.

Before joining the midwifery team at York, Rachel was responsible for a training programme for Maternity Support Workers (MSW) and became an NVQ A1 Assessor (City & Guilds) and undertook a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education to support this. The MSW programme was shortlisted for a Royal College award. 

Before joining the Midwifery Team Rachel was involved with service improvement work in the community nursing setting and gained an MSc in Service Improvement.

Rachel originally joined the midwifery team on a secondment basis but was appointed as Lecturer in Midwifery in the summer of 2013 with a particular responsibility for the complicated maternity and emergency management teaching, drawing on her experience in practice.


  • Registered Midwife
  • Examination of the Newborn
  • Mentorship in Practice
  • BSc in Practice Development (Childbirth)
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • NVQ A1 Assessor
  • MSc Service Improvement 

Departmental roles

  • Link Lecturer for Northallerton
  • SSPRD Lead
  • Deputy Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice



Module Leader:

  • Emergency Management in Midwifery Practice
  • Complicated Maternities
  • Empowered Midwifery
  • Skilled Companionship

External activities


  • Neonatal Life Support (Resuscitation Council) Instructor
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO – UK) Instructor

Invited talks and conferences

  • Paper: ‘Amazing but daunting’: Enhancing students’ communication skills via ‘safe’ simulation with professional actors and 360 degree feedback' 1st Nov 2017, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference, Manchester Central, Manchester with co-presenters Helen Bedford and Suzanne Stamoulos
  • Workshop: 'Exploring 360 degree feedback to develop undergraduates' communication skills' 21st March 2017, York Learning and Teaching Forum workshop, University of York with co-facilitator Helen Bedford
  • Presentation: Asked to present at YUSU Excellence Conference on 'Simulation for Communication Skills'.


Selected publications

  • Lavelle, R and Stamoulos, S Neonatal resuscitation: 'room side to motherside' British Journal of Midwifery, November 2019, Vol 27, No 11, pages 716-728
  • Bedford, H and Lavelle, R (2018) Sharing your innovation via a York Learning and Teaching Forum workshop. Forum, Issue 43 (Spring) pp. 14-15
  • Bedford, H and Lavelle, R (2016) Developing midwifery students' communication skills - student work and assessment to promote professional engagement. Forum, Issue 41 (Autumn) pp. 11-12

Rachel Lavelle

Contact details

Rachel Lavelle
Lecturer in Midwifery

Tel: (01904) 32(1526)