Louise Jenkins

Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Louise is an experienced Midwife and Lecturer, with an interest in the impact of intervention and complexity on birth. She's the Course Leader for the MSc Women’s and Children’s Health.



Louise qualified as a midwife in 1997 from City University, and worked in a variety of midwifery roles in NHS practice. She joined Anglia Ruskin University in March 2005 and has been the module leader for a number of Midwifery modules, including modules that cover obstetric and medical complexities and emergencies in childbirth, at both Undergraduate and Master’s level. She has also developed two online learning modules on 'Substance Misusing Parents' and 'Antenatal and Newborn Screening'. Louise is particularly interested in the promotion of normal birth for women with complex needs, and the impact of interventions on childbirth.

Between 2010 and 2012 Louise was seconded to the Postgraduate Medical Institute and was the Pathway Lead for Maternity for the North East & North Central London and Essex (NECLES) Health Innovation & Education Cluster (HIEC). This organisation aimed to diffuse innovation and best practice across the NECLES HIEC area, to improve care for women, their babies and families. A key work stream was to contribute to the reduction of Caesarean Section rates.

Research interests

History of Midwifery, particularly the use of technology in midwifery - Louise's PhD is registered with the University of Leeds under an AHRC studentship, and is a collaborative doctoral award with the Thackray Museum. Her research is examining at the vectis (a midwifery instrument rather like one blade of a forceps, which was used as an alternative to the forceps) and examines the competing and conflicting relationship with the forceps. Questions for consideration include why the forceps became the dominant technology in assisting at obstructed births, while the vectis disappeared from the history books. She completed her PhD in 2019.


Louise is the module leader for ‘Global Challenges in Women’s and Children’s Health’ on the MSc Women’s and Children’s Health and teaches on a range of pre and post-registration modules.


  • PG Diploma Learning & Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc Midwifery, City University
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery & Registered Midwife , City University
  • DipHE Adult Nursing & Registered Nurse (Adult), City University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Royal College of Midwives
  • Committee Member of De Partu www.departu.org.uk
  • Member of the Doctoral Midwifery Society
  • Anglia Ruskin Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Clinical Lead, Health Foundation ‘Closing the Gap’ Award, 2010 – 2011

Selected recent publications

Jenkins, L., 2014. Managing Shoulder Dystocia: understanding and applying RCOG guidance. British Journal of Midwifery 22 (5), 318-324.

Allotey, J., Nuttall, A., Lynch, M., Mander, R., Reid, L., Allison, J., Jenkins, L., Tully, S. and Ebenezer, C. 2012. Mothers and Midwives 1952-2012. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 22 (2), 143 – 152.

Recent presentations and conferences

Jenkins, L., 2015. Historical Research Methods: Uncovering the use of the vectis. In: SPARK Seminar Series. Chelmsford UK. 07/10/2015.

Jenkins, L., 2015. The use of the Wellcome archive to elucidate the use of the vectis. In: De Partu Seminar. Wellcome Trust. London, UK 03/04/2015.

Jenkins, L., 2015. Midwifery strategies to promote normal childbirth. In: Maternity conference. Southern Medical University. Guangzhou, China 22/08/15.

Jenkins, L. (2014). The History of Midwifery Regulation. In: Sharing Practice and Research Knowledge (SPaRK) seminar series. Anglia Ruskin University. Chelmsford, UK 23/09/14.

Jenkins, L. and Hamilton, E. (2011). Optimising Opportunities for Normal Birth. In: Back to the Future – Normal Childbirth. Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK 14/09/11.

Jenkins, L. and Hamilton, E. (2011). Lessons from a community of Practice. In: Pan London HIEC Conference. London, UK 23/06/11.

Jenkins, L. (2011). The Vectis made public: Thomas Denman (1733 – 1815). In: Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine Seminar. Manchester, UK 12/04/11.