Louise Davies

Louise Davies

Lead Midwife for Education, Senior Teaching Fellow, Director of Studies for Midwifery
+44 (0)1483 682983


University roles and responsibilities

  • Lead Midwife for Education
  • Module Leader for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Registered Midwife)


    Research interests

    My teaching

    My publications


    Swanwick L. (1992) Should mothers know more about breastfeeding? Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes. 105(1252):122-124

    Davies L. (2000) The use of examinations in pre-registration midwifery programmes. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest. 10(4):421-3

    Davies L. (2006) Supervision in relation to the National Service Framework. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest. 16(4):470-2

    Davies L. (2007) Book Review. British Journal of Midwifery. 15(1):54

    Davies L. (2007) Book Review. British Journal of Midwifery. 15(6):385

    Davies L. (2007) Book Review. British Journal of Midwifery. 15(9):588

    Davies L. (2008) Book Review. British Journal of Midwifery. 16(2):129

    Davies L. (2008) Book Review. British Journal of Midwifery. 16(6):422

    Davies L. (2009) Book Review. British Journal of Midwifery. 17(5):388

    Nicholson, J. and Davies, L. (2013) Patients' experience of the PICC insertion procedure. British Journal of Nursing (IV Therapy Supplement) 22(14): pp. S16-23.


    Davies LA (2006) Supervision in relation to the National Service Framework, MIDIRS 16 (4) pp. 470-472
    Davies LA, Page N, Glover H, Sudbury H (2016) Developing a perinatal mental health module: An integrated care approach,British Journal of Midwifery 24 (2) pp. 118-121 Mark Allen Healthcare
    Midwives have a key role in identifying women at risk of perinatal mental health problems, referring to specialist services, planning care where appropriate, and supporting women and their families. Current guidelines and standards do not place an emphasis on perinatal mental health care as central to the training of student midwives in the UK. Research has shown that midwifery students and midwives do not feel skilled in this aspect of their role. At the University of Surrey, a programme-specific perinatal mental health module was developed for student midwives in the second year of their pre-registration programme, which has been well evaluated. Service users and specialist mental health practitioners have been involved in developing and teaching the module, and the content is reviewed annually to reflect national policy drivers.
    Davies LA (2000) The use of examinations in pre-registration midwifery programmes, MIDIRS 10 (4) pp. 421-423
    Davies LA, Nicholson J (2013) Patients' experiences of the PICC insertion procedure, British Journal of Nursing 22 (14) pp. S20-S26
    Das Ranjana, Beszlag Daniel, Davies Louise, Kapoor Jasmine, Kowalska Dagmara, Page Nadine (2019) Migrant mothers' mental health communication in the perinatal period, University of Surrey
    This report brings together findings from a project on perinatal mental health difficulties amongst migrant mothers, funded by the Wellcome Trust (208437/Z/17/Z), and on early motherhood and digital media, funded by the British Academy (SG151884). Both projects involved interviews with mothers in their homes, with a very small number of them interviewed online. Healthcare professionals were sometimes interviewed on phone. Interviews were qualitative and semi-structured and took the form of free-flowing conversations broadly based on a topic guide. Recruitment through informal channels such as social media and word-of-mouth had limited success and participants recruited through this route accounted for around a quarter of the final set of participants. A recruitment agency was commissioned to administer a door-to-door questionnaire to recruit remaining participants who lived across England, covering mainly the Midlands the South of England and Greater London. Mothers came from a wide range of countries of origin largely in South Asia and Africa and a few from continental Europe. There was a mix of first and second generation immigrants in the final sample. A total of 68 mothers participated across the projects. All participants have been assigned pseudonyms. This report uses selective instances of quotes from interviews to illustrate overall findings and themes.