Sophie Layfield

Sophie Finnerty

Senior Lecturer (Midwifery)

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Department of Midwifery

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Sophie is module leader on the Midwifery MSc (shortened) and BSc programme and has involvement with student recruitment on both programmes.

Sophie is the joint-lead for UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative for the University and was awarded the UNICEF Baby Friendly Leadership Qualification in 2020. Sophie organises the BFI accreditations of the midwifery programmes, as well as organises audits and marketing events such as Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

Sophie is a board member for The Practising Midwife and enjoys writing articles with her most recent publications on topics such as, Oxytocin and the normal physiology of labour and Orgasmic birth. Sophie also completes book reviews as part of this role.

Sophie has recent experience in project work including educational reviews for local Trusts, commissioned by the Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS).


Teaching Interests

  • Skills
  • Infant feeding
  • Breastfeeding
  • Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI)
  • Normal birth/better births
  • Hypnobirthing/complementary therapies
  • Recruitment and attrition

Research Interests

  • Skills
  • Infant Feeding
  • Normal birth/Better birth
  • Orgasmic birth
  • Salutogenic assessment

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Royal College of Midwifery
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Recent Publications

  • Finnerty (2020) Oxytocin and the normal physiology of labour and birth, TPM TBC
  • Finnerty (2020) The impact of Covid-19 on midwifery training throughout the UK 3 (3)
  • Finnerty (2020) Orgasmic Birth 22 (6)
  • Poster Presentation at The Baby Friendly Conference 2018- Baby Friendly Student Ambassadors

External Roles

  • Part of the editorial team for The Practising Midwife