Barbara Lloyd is a Lecturer in Midwifery at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Limerick. Barbara is a registered general nurse, midwife and registered tutor. Barbara worked in a variety of gynaecology settings in England and it was from there that her interest in women's health and midwifery stemmed. Barbara has worked as a community midwife in England and Ireland and has extensive experience in this area. Barbara has over 24 years’ experience in midwifery education in Ireland. Barbara teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is currently Course Director of the BSc Midwifery programme.

Barbara is passionate about midwifery education and believes that through education and excellent clinical teaching of students, midwifery students will develop into competent, confident practitioners.

Barbara's research interest is in fertility, pregnancy, birth and into motherhood. Barbara has a special interest in breastfeeding and has worked for over 14 years’ as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in the community in Ireland.

Barbara is also a qualified acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist and is very interested in the area of complementary therapies.

Current research projects are in the area of perinatal mental health, breastfeeding and undergraduate midwifery education.


Doherty, J., Coughlan, B., Casey, B., Lloyd, B., Sheehy, L., Brosnan, M., Cullen, S. (2018). Student midwives' education needs and their experience of attending a bereavement education workshop. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(8), 523-531. doi:10.12968/bjom.2018.26.8.523


Doherty, J., Cullen, S., Casey, B., Lloyd, B., Sheehy, L., Brosnan, M., Coughlan, B. (2018). Bereavement care education and training in clinical practice: Supporting the development of confidence in student midwives. Midwifery, 66, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2018.06.026