Prof Billie Hunter - PhD(University of Wales Swansea), PG Diploma in Midwifery, BNurs, RM, RN, HV, PGCE
Telephone:+44 (0)29 2091 7816
Location:Room 416, 4th Floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
My research programme is concerned with the culture of midwifery and maternity care, how this has changed over time and how it influences workforce and user experiences.
I am primarily interested in investigating emotions and relationships within healthcare, and how these may affect support, inter-professional working, communication and safety. My PhD study, exploring the emotional aspects of midwifery work, has resulted in a body of widely cited publications and conference presentations, including an edited book: Hunter B and Deery R (2009) Emotions in Midwifery and Reproduction. I have methodological interests in the use of ethnography and oral history.
I am also interested in exploring how maternity care culture has changed over time, and have a background in the history of 20th century maternity care. Historical publications include: Leap N and Hunter B (1993) The Midwife’s Tale; Borsay A and Hunter B (2012) Nursing and Midwifery 1700-2000.
My current research interest focus on how to enhance the emotional support and communication skills of midwives and other health care workers, in order to improve the quality of care delivery and user experiences. I collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines with the aim of building knowledge to benefit healthcare users and practitioners.