Dr. Jeanne Lythgoe

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole Building, Room MS3.50.

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery


Jeanne joined the University of Salford in 2010 as a Lecturer of Midwifery having spent 28 years in midwifery practice, education, management and research. Jeanne qualified as a nurse in 1982 in Salford and after working as a staff nurse in a heart care unit and on a medical ward for two years trained as a midwife. Her midwifery experience covers all aspects of the role, with her main areas of interest being: public health (safeguarding, domestic abuse) perinatal & infant mental health, neonatal health, community midwifery, user engagement, low risk birth settings, acupuncture & research. Jeanne’s career has led her to fulfil many roles prior to her current role as Senior Lecturer; Lecturer Practitioner, Sure Start /Public Health Lead and Lead Midwifery for Education. Within these and my present role I have instigated new ways of working through innovation, developing public health services, midwifery practice models, teaching and assessment methods and research projects.

Current role and responsibilities

As a Senior Lecturer, Jeanne is Programme Leader for the Postgraduate MSc Midwifery & single modules, she leads Perinatal Mental Health postgraduate education at the University of Salford. She also supervises MSc dissertations, and has 2 PhD students that have successfully gained their PhD. She currently supervises 3 PhD students. She teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes.

As a researcher

  1. Principle investigator on an evaluation of a HomeStart Project ‘Startwell’ 2201-23, aiming to increase non-white British volunteers and coordinators for Homestart, increasing uptake of services by non-white families
  2. Co- Investigator on a £600,000 funded project focused on neonatal skin care working with a commercial company surveying the use/effectiveness of baby wipes within Grt. Manchester 2020-22
  3. Principle Investigator of a project funded by Grt. Manchester Perinatal Mental Health Strategic Network evaluating the impact of the education opportunities provided over the last 2 years -2019
  4. Worked in partnership with Home Start to train and evaluate the experiences of volunteers offering support to pregnant women. This is a new innovation for Home Start which commenced in August 2017, focused on supporting pregnant women with complex needs including perinatal mental health problems.
  5. Working in partnership with Salford Bolton & Wigan Better Births Pioneer Team to evaluate the implementation of Personalised Maternity Care Budgets. Communicating with pregnant and newly delivered parents via the development of a Facebook site ‘Voices for Better Births’, developing opportunities for user feedback and the exchange of ideas & information 2017

From September 2019- 2022 she was a member of UoS Research & Enterprise Committee. She sits on the UoS Ethics Committee for staff. She is a University Link Lecturer for Bolton Foundation Trust.

From September 2015 to September 2016 she held the role of Lead Midwife for Education (LME) for the University of Salford.

From 2009- 2014 she sat on the members council for British Acupuncture Council and continues to lead the Manchester Acupuncture Group. She ran an acupuncture clinic for pregnant women within the NHS for 10 years 2006- 2018.

She is a peer reviewer for the journals ‘Midwifery’, British journal of Midwifery and ‘The Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine’.

Areas of research

Perinatal Mental Health, Neonatal Health & Wellbeing, Acupuncture, Global Health of Women & Families


  • Programme Leader: Post Graduate Midwifery studies
  • Module Leader: PG & UG midwifery modules
  • PhD supervisor

Research Interests

  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Neonatal Health & Wellbeing
  • Acupuncture
  • Global Health of Women & Families
  • Midwifery student experience
  • Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding
  • Global Health of Women & Families

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD
  • MSc Research
  • BSc Hons 2:1
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Nurse
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery
  • Midwifery Teacher
  • PGCert Higher Education
  • Postgrad Diploma - Western Medical Acupuncture08


  • Registered with Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • British Medical Acupuncture Society