Kath Lawton

Kath Lawton

Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care (Midwifery)
+44 (0)1483 684575
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Usual working days Tuesday, Wednesday, alternate Thursdays



I qualified as a nurse in 1985, before training as a midwife, qualifying in 1986. Whilst working in clinical midwifery practice, I undertook a variety of roles including parent education & breastfeeding facilitator, Birthrate Plus project midwife, midwifery risk management co-ordinator and Band 7 delivery suite co-ordinator. I completed a PGCHSCE in 2010, and an MSc in Women's Health in 2012.

I have always had a particular interest in educating future generations of midwives, and am committed to supporting the school in providing innovative education programmes, which build on experience from practice; the midwifery programme achieving Baby Friendly accredited status being a good example.

Other interests include the history of healthcare and midwifery in particular, and am a member of Du Partu, an independent history of childbirth group.

Research interests

  • Breastfeeding, including the experiences of midwives supporting mothers (MSc)
  • Places of Birth


Across all branches:

  • clinical practice inc. simulation

Midwifery BSc

  • all areas of midwifery practice & care
  • all aspects of breastfeeding
  • the history of midwifery

Departmental duties

Module leader

  • Skills for Midwifery Practice
  • Politics, Philosophy & Practice of Midwifery

My publications


Lawton K, Robinson A (2016) Midwives? experiences of helping women struggling to breastfeed, British Journal of Midwifery 24 (4) pp. 2-7 Mark Allen Healthcare
Background: Breastfeeding is accepted as the optimum way to nourish
babies. It is established that women need informed support from
midwives, but the focus of previous research has been predominantly on
women?s experiences, rather than that of midwives.
Aims: The aim of this study was to explore midwives? experiences of
helping women who were struggling to breastfeed.
Methods: A qualitative methodology was selected using a
phenomenological approach. Five midwives were purposefully recruited
and data were collected using semi-structured interviews. Following
transcription, data were analysed using Colaizzi?s (1978) framework of
Findings: Three themes emerged describing midwives? experiences:
time poverty, the impact of being ?with women?, and professional
Conclusions: The study revealed that breastfeeding has an emotional
impact on midwives. Not being able to spend the time they felt the
women needed affected the midwives. With reports of an increasing
shortage of midwives, there is concern that time poverty may increase,
leading to a greater sense of professional dissatisfaction.