Dr Lucy Hope


Principal Lecturer

Department of Midwifery

Contact Details

email: l.hope@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855366

Lucy qualified as a midwife in 2002 and worked clinically in a variety of settings before moving into a research role. She joined the University of Birmingham as a research midwife in 2009 and worked on a number of research studies focused on improving maternal and infant health. The focus of one of these studies was peer support for breastfeeding which formed the basis for her PhD which was awarded in 2014. Lucy worked as a research midwife for the NIHR reproduction and childbirth specialty group before moving into a senior lecturer role at the University of Worcester in 2015.


PhD (University of Birmingham)

BSc (Hons.) Midwifery (University of Central England, now Birmingham City University)

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Worcester)


Teaching areas/specialisms

Research methods

Evidence based practice

Academic writing

Obstetric emergencies

Personal Academic Tutor

Academic Assessor

PhD supervisor

Research interests

Lucy’s research interests include peer support for breastfeeding, perinatal mental health, and postnatal care. More broadly, Lucy is keen to add to the evidence base to provide high quality and safe care to women accessing maternity services.

Professional experience

Clinical midwifery in various settings at a large teaching hospital

Maternal health research

NIHR Good Clinical Practice Facilitator

Birmingham Health Partners Clinical Academic Internship Programme supervisor


Hope, L and Stephens, L (2020) Theoretical Perspectives: Health promotion, health education and public health In Promoting health and Wellbeing for Nursing and Healthcare Students Bennet, C and Lillyman, S (eds) Lantern, Banbury

Jones, E., Taylor, B., MacArthur, C., Bradshaw, S., Hope, Lucy and Cummins, C. (2020) Early Postnatal Discharge for Infants: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 146 (3). e20193365. ISSN 1098-4275

Aguiar, M. , Farley, A., Hope, Lucy, Amin, A., Shah, P. and Manaseki-Holland, S. (2019) Birth-Related Perineal Trauma in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 23 (8). pp. 1048-1070. ISSN Print: 1092-7875 Online: 1573-6628

Gale, N.K., Kenyon, S., MacArthur, C., Jolly, K. and Hope, Lucy (2018) Synthetic Social Support: Theorizing Lay Health Worker Interventions. Social Science & Medicine, 196. pp. 96-105. ISSN 0277-9536 Online: 0277-9536

Kenyon, S., Dann, S., Hope, Lucy, Clarke, P., Hogan, A., Jenkinson, D. and Hemming, K. (2017) Evaluation of a Bespoke Training to Increase Uptake by Midwifery Teams of NICE Guidance for Membrane Sweeping to Reduce Induction of Labour: a Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Design. Trials, 18. pp. 357-367. ISSN 1745-6215