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Professor Joan Lalor

Professor in Midwifery (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Joan Lalor is a Professor in Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. Joan was awarded a BNS (Hons), MSc, MA, PGDip in Clinical Health Science Education (Distinction) and PG Dip in Statistics (Distinction) and a PhD from Trinity College. Joan's research contribution is organised around the following main areas: i) Complex Pregnancy Care, ii) Optimising Maternity Health Service Delivery, iii) Research Methodology, Health Ethics and Law. However, as a member of the academy Joan is also centrally involved in a number of collaborative interdisciplinary projects across Health, Education and the Humanities. Joan's methodological expertise lies within the application of qualitative methodologies (specifically Grounded Theory and Case Study) to complex issues in health care, Joan has a particular interest in area of sensitive research and ethical challenges in fieldwork. Joan completed her PhD studies " A Longitudinal study of women's experiences of carrying an baby with a fetal abnormality up to the birth and beyond". Her work in the area of prenatal diagnosis and perinatal palliative care continues. She is an expert member of the Implementation of Bereavement Guidelines in Maternity Care and the Neonatal Palliative Care Clinical Programmes, seeking to inform policy and service planning nationally. Joan is also leading the development of an international research network to explore Trauma and Traumatic Loss in Childbirth. She is a member of the ICM expert research group, is a reviewer for several professional peer review journals and is an associate editor with the BMC. She is also a member of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and is currently involved as a lead an co-reviewer for two systematic reviews and peer reviewer for others. Joan has been awarded over €2.5m in funding as PI or co-applicant from a range of funding bodies. Additional research interests include guideline development to support evidence based practice, research utilisation and ensuring informed choice for women in maternity services.
  Adaption Following Pregnancy Loss   assessment of fetal wellbeing   Fathers in maternity care   Foetal Abnormality   Health psychology   healthcare ethics and law   Identification and quantification of health care needs   Maternity Care   medical and health humanities   Midwifery   Parenthood   Perinatal health   Population based intervention trials   prenatal diagnosis and screening   Prenatal Screening   Scanning in Pregnancy   service evaluation and development   Ultrasound screening in pregnancy
 Development and testing of the Irish version of the Clinical Learning Environment, Supervision and Nurse Teacher (CLES+T) Evaluation Scale
 The DEVoTiON (DEliVery-related Trauma Outcomes Network)
 an oral history of the experience of stillbirth in Ireland
 Leadership Academy for Student Nurses and Midwives
 Evaluation of Clinical Learning Environment for Midwifery degree students

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Member of Childbirth Guideline Development Group (CGDG) 1st march 2018
Expert member of the national Clinical Effectiveness Committee for Neonatal Palliative Care 2017- current
Member of the national Implementation Bereavement Guidelines in Maternity Care Group 2017-current
Informing Families Steering Group:This group has received government funding to develop national guidelines for best practice in breaking the news to parents that their child has a disability. Joan is a member of the Informing Families Steering Group advising on aspects of breaking bad news relevant to prenatal screening.
Reviewer for Cochrane protocols and reviews 2006
Associate Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011
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Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Cochrane Collaboration, UK. 2003 current
ICM Research Advisory Network 2004 current
Grounded Theory Institute, San Franscisco, USA 2004 current
Birth/Death Research group, UK 2008 current
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement 2008 current
Association of Research Ethics Committees (AREC) 2012 current
Reviewer for Midwifery, An International Journal 2006 current
Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing 2004 current
Reviewer for Social Science in Medicine 2006 current
Reviewer for PEDIATRICS 2008 current
Reviewer for Libyan Journal of Medicine 2009 current
Reviewer for International Journal of Men's Health 2009 current
Reviewer for Archives in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2009 current
Reviewer for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 2009 current
Reviewer for Qualitative Research 2010 current
Reviewer for International Journal of Social Research Methodology 2009 current
Reviewer for Journal of Reproductive Medicine 2011 present
Reviewer for Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 2011 current
Reviewer for Oxford Internet Institute, (University of Oxford) for the Policy Studies Organization (PSO). 2011 current
Reviewer for Nurse Education in Practice 2012 current
Reviewer for Sexual and Reproductive Health 2013 current
Reviewer for International Journal of Research and Methodology in Education 2013 current
Reviewer for Postgraduate Medical Journal 2013 current
Reviewer for Irish Educational Studies 2015
Invited Member of Clinical Guideline Development Group Department of Health- Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2018 current
Hollywood, E., Comiskey, C., Lalor, J. and Creaner, M. , What does family mean for the school-aged child who lives in an area of urban disadvantage? , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2021), Online, 10th and 11th March, 2021, pp8 - 8, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Horsch, A., Lalor, J. & Downe, S. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. , Moral and mental health challenges faced by maternity staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy., Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. , 2020, p1 - 1, Notes: [DOI: 10.1037/tra0000629], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Clarke M, Devane D, Gross MM, Morano S, Lundgren I, Sinclair M, Putman K, Beech B, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen K, Nieuwenhuijze M, Wiseman H, Smith V, Daly D, Savage G, Newell J, Simpkin A, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Healy P, Nicoletti J, Lalor J, Carroll M, van Limbeek E, Nilsson C, Stockdale J, Fobelets M, Begley C, OptiBIRTH: a Cluster Randomised Trial of a Complex Intervention to Increase Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20, (143), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Murphy Tighe S, Lalor JG , Concealed pregnancy and link with sexual assault. , online publication , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference , Dublin , March , 2018, pp1 - 1, Notes: [online publication ], Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Murphy Tighe S, Lalor JG , Regaining Agency and Autonomy: A Grounded Typology of Concealed Pregnancy, Journal of Advanced Nursing , 2018, p1 - 1, Notes: [Doi: 10.1111/jan.13875 online ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Pregnancy loss and complexity in, editor(s)Jenny Hall Susan Crowther , Spirituality and Childbirth: meaning and care at the start of life, Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group, 2017, [Lalor, Joan Gabrielle], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Lalor JG, McAuliffe, F, From bedside to Court side- The impact of Article 40.3.3 on maternity care and practices, The Constitution at 80 Conference, University of Limerick, 11th November , 2017, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  TARA - Full Text
Nilsson, C, Lalor, J, Begley, C, Carroll, M, Gross, MM, Grylka-Baeschlin, S, Lundgren, I, Matterne, A, Morano, S, Nicoletti, J, Healy, P, Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: Views of women from countries with low VBAC rates , Women and Birth , 2017, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
Devane D, Lalor JG, Daly S, McGuire W, Cuthbert A, Smith V., Cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation of fetal heart on admission to labour ward for assessment of fetal wellbeing, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017, Notes: [Issue 1. Art No.: CD005122 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005122.pub5 ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
BRADY, V. and Lalor, J., Space for human connection in antenatal education: Uncovering women's hopes using Participatory Action Research, Midwifery, 55, 2017, p7 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Murphy Tighe S, Lalor JG , State Failures to Protect Women Who Experience a Concealed Pregnancy , Maternity Care Research Symposium , Dublin , February , 2018, pp1 - 1, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Prof Joan Lalor , Re-thinking decisional authority and the interconnection between the pregnant woman, the fetus and the clinician., Bearing Witness- an interdisciplinary symposium University of Limerick, Limerick, 6th December , 2018, UL, 1 - 2pp, Notes: [Keynote Address ], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, JG , Reimaging Ireland's Response to Concealed Pregnancy (Keynote Address) , Reimaging Ireland's Response to Concealed Pregnancy , University of Limerick , 2018, School of Nursing and Midwifery, 1-, Notes: [accompanying exhibition- The Spaces Between Us. ], Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Lalor Joan Gabrielle , From Bedside to Courtside- maternity care practices , Living Humanely; Perspectives from Law, Morality and Science , Trinity College , April 13th , 2018, Fainche Ryan , Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Lalor Joan Gabrielle, When birth and death collide , The Final Transformation Identities during and after death, Trinity Long Room Hub, 26th January , 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Lalor, JG, Words you never want to hear. , Bereavement Care. International Stillbirth Alliance , Cork, 22-24 September , 2017, ISA, 1-, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Lalor, Joan Gabrielle, McAuliffe, Fionnuala, Schweppe, Jennifer, Spain, Eimear, Report on a Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2014 and the Guidance Document for Health Professionals on its Implementation , TARA, July, 2015, p1 - 20, Report, PUBLISHED
Sheaf G., Lalor J.G. and Clarke M., Trying to stop the kids using Google (and get a paper out of it too...), HSLG2013. Visible Evidence: the role of Health Science Libraries in Ireland, Dublin, 11-12 April, 2013, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Lalor, J, Socioeconomic value of midwifery-led care, 10 years of midwifery led care in Ireland, RCSI, Waterford, 22nd September, 2011, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Lalor, J, Prenatal Screening in Ireland, Mortality and Morbidity in Pregnancy, HSE Tullamore, 13th October, 2011, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
The Antonia O'Callaghan Memorial Prize awarded for the highest grade in Constitutional Law The Honorable Society of the King's Inns 2019
The Michael O'Connor Prize awarded for the highest grade in Contract Law The Honorable Society of the King's Inns 2019
HRB Clinical Fellowship in Midwifery 2003
Primary Fellowship in Nursing 1992
Joan's research area of interest lies within Maternity Care and Women's Health. Joan's key areas of interest include: Methods of assessment of fetal wellbeing Screening and diagnosis of fetal anomaly Prenatal screening and diagnosis (including service evaluation and development), Theory generation, Trauma and Traumatic Loss in Childbirth