Portrait of Ms Sophie Hinsliff Ms Sophie Hinsliff

s.w.hinsliff@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473567


I have been employed by the University as a midwifery lecturer since January 2016. I qualified as a midwife in 1998 and have worked in clinical practice (including hospital and community services) in Manchester and West Yorkshire. My clinical interests focused around holistic care of women and families, including developing expertise in breastfeeding support, parent education and safeguarding.  I have also worked as a researcher on a mixed-methods study and as a research midwife recruiting for RCTS. Additionally, I facilitate parent education through the NCT.

Research and Scholarship

From 2001-4 I worked on a research project at the University of Manchester, using mixed methods to study midwives’ and pregnant women’s views of intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring. I was awarded my MPhil as part of this study, focusing on evidence based guidelines in this area of practice.

From 2017, I will begin studying for a PhD.  My current research interests relate to women’s identity, particularly in relation to  breastfeeding and transition to motherhood. Prior to my midwifery degree, I obtained a BA (Hons) in English with Cultural and Community studies, which sparked a lifelong interest in sociological, cultural and gender issues.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Marshall, J., Leeming, D. and Hinsliff, S. (2017) ‘A Meta-Synthesis Examining the Role of Shame in Support for Breastfeeding Mothers’. In: 31st International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, 18-22 June 2017, Toronto, Canada

Leeming, D., Marshall, J. and Hinsliff, S. (2017) ‘Managing self-conscious emotion in breastfeeding support: a theoretically informed meta-synthesis’. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, 12th-14th June 2017, Grange Over Sands, Lake District, UK


I am a member of the Editorial Board for MIDIRS.

Research Degree Supervision

I would welcome supervision of Masters students, particularly for projects relating to infant feeding, community midwifery, safeguarding and cultural/sociological aspects of midwifery practice.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I currently teach on modules relating to breastfeeding and parent education, research and psycho-social aspects of midwifery care.