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Ms. Louise Gallagher

Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Louise Gallagher has recently completed a research project for her PhD studies "Sub-optimal breastfeeding experience and its effects on women, factors affecting initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Ireland". She is a reviewer for several professional peer review journals. Louise has worked in midwifery practice and education and her research plan is centred around the following areas: breastfeeding, cultural competency, maternity care and professional regulation. Additional research interests include evaluation of knowledge and skills of health practitioners and voluntary supporters in supporting breastfeeding women, mixed-methods research and informed choice for women in maternity services. Louise represented midwifery as a member of the professional regulator; An Bord Altranais, from 2007 - 2012
 The national infant feeding survey
 The Rotunda and the Women of North Inner City Dublin:
 Peer supporters perceptions of a breastfeeding education programme
 Sub-optimal breastfeeding experience and its effects on women, factors affecting initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Ireland
 The factors affecting initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Ireland.

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Elected to An Bord Altranais in 2008
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Spanish Medium Basic Medium
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Association of Lactation Consultants of Ireland 2004
Hauck T.L. Kuliukas L.Gallagher L , BRADY V. Dykes C. and Rubertsson C, Helpful and challenging aspects of breastfeeding in public for women living in Australia, Ireland and Sweden: a crosssectional study, International Breastfeeding Journal , 15, (38), 2020, p1 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Carroll Lorraine, Gallagher Louise, Smith Valerie, Risk factors for reduced fetal movements in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 243, 2019, p72 - 82, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Elizabeth McCarthy Quinn, Louise Gallagher, Jan de Vries, A qualitative exploration of breastfeeding support groups in Ireland from the women's perspectives, Midwifery, 78, 2019, p71 - 77, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL  URL
Valerie Smith, Louise Gallagher, Margaret Carroll, Kathleen Hannon, Cecily Begley, Antenatal and intrapartum interventions for reducing caesarean section, promoting vaginal birth, and reducing fear of childbirth: An overview of systematic reviews, PLoS ONE, 14, (10), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Gallagher L, Lawler D, Brady V, OBoyle C, Deasy A, Muldoon K, An evaluation of the appropriateness and effectiveness of structured reflection for midwifery students in Ireland, Nurse Education in Practice, 22, 2017, p7 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Al Namir H, Brady AM, Gallagher L., Fathers and breastfeeding: Attitudes, involvement and support, British Journal of Midwifery , 25, (7), 2017, p426 - 440, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kathryn Muldoon, Louise Gallagher, Denise McGuinness and Valerie Smith, Effect of frenotomy on breastfeeding variables in infants with ankyloglossia (tongue-tie): a prospective before and after cohort study, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17, (373), 2017, p1-9 , Notes: [DOI:10.1186/s12884-017-1561-8], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Gallagher L, Hauck Y, Hildingsson I, Blixt I, Rubertsson C, Factors which enable women to continue breastfeeding for six months: an international comparison between Ireland, Australia and Sweden., Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, Dalarna, Sweden, 23rd-25th August, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Muldoon K, Gallagher L, Mc Guinness D, Smith V., Frenotomy and the associated effect on breastfeeding variables in newborn infants with ankyloglossia (tongue-tie)., Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, Dalarna, Sweden, 23rd-25th August, 2016, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Szafranska, M. & Gallagher, L., Polish women's experiences of breastfeeding in Ireland , The Practising Midwife, 19, (1), 2016, p30 - 32, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Dr Louise Gallagher, Kathryn Muldoon & Denise McGuiness, Competence Framework for Breastfeeding Support. , The University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin , 2015, p1 - 36, Report, PUBLISHED
Gallagher, Louise, Why women stop breastfeeding and the realities of breastfeeding a newborn, Creating Realistic Breastfeeding Expectations, Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin, 4th October 2013, 2013, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Gallagher, L. & Connolly, B., The new legislative framework for regulating Nurses and Midwives in Ireland, An Bord Altranais National Conference October 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 10th October, 2012, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Gallagher L, Childbirth Matters - Childbirth and it's relationship with breastfeeding, Annual La Leche League of Ireland Conference, Bundoran, Donegal, 11th March 2006, 2006, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Gallagher L & Biesty L, Breastfeeding feature, The Rotunda Hospital Maternity Information guide, 2006, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gallagher L, Finding and assessing information, Association of Lactation Consultants Ireland - Spring Conference, Cavan, April 2005, 2005, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED


Louise's research area of interest lies within Maternity Care and Women's Health. She is interested in research relating to all aspects of midwifery, midwifery education and maternity care but currently focusing on breastfeeding and peer support.