Other Lucy Bradley

Midwifery Lecturer

Lucy Bradley

School/Department: Allied Health Professions, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)797 252 4496



Lucy is an experienced Midwife. Prior to an academic role she worked clinically as a member of the University Hospitals of Leicester dedicated home birth team, matching her passion for the promotion of physiological birth and practicing in a continuity of care model. Lucy’s experience within this team were wide and varied as not only were women cared for who chose conventional birth plans, but also those who lived aboard house boats, farms in the middle of nowhere or those who wanted to birth with a whole audience watching and recording the moment! 

It is not surprising that this interest overflowed into her master’s degree where she carried out phenomenological qualitative research examining the dynamics of support for home birth midwives when providing care to those with additional needs who choose to birth outside of guidance. Lucy is also fascinated with the language surrounding birth, and how it impacts a woman’s self-belief to birth, of which she hopes to convey a deeper knowledge to students, giving them the skills to effectively communicate, listen to and care for women and their families - displaying kindness and compassion and choice.



Current research: A phenomenological study into support for midwives who provide care for women with additional needs in the home setting. Who cares for the carers?


Lucy is the lead on the midwifery practice module as well as the systematic physical examination of the newborn (SPEN) and the third-year elective in midwifery modules. Her current work involves looking into student resilience and how to maximise support to create environments which are conducive to learning as well as managing a healthy work-life balance.

Press and media

Home birth

Normal physiological birth.

Choice inplace of birth.


AFHEA (Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy) (2021)

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008)

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) (2008)



Bradley, L. (2023) A phenomenological study: How are UK home birth midwives supported in autonomous decision making when caring for women with additional needs? International Labour and Birth Research Conference, Grange Over Sands, UK, 24-26 April 2023 (abstract 114)


Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (ongoing)

Associate Fellow – Higher Education Academy

Master of Science: Advanced Midwifery Practice, Anglia Ruskin University

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner, De Montfort University

Registered Midwife, University Hospitals of Leicester

Diploma in Higher Education: Midwifery, De Montfort University

Bachelor of Science: Physiology, University of Leicester

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