The programme of work of our research group aims to improve the health and care of women and infants during and after pregnancy and birth and of children and young people. It includes cohort studies to establish risk factors, randomised controlled trials to test potentially effective interventions, systematic reviews and qualitative research. These studies are within a variety of topic areas, including childbirth related health problems, antenatal and postnatal care, maternity care in deprived populations, use of lay workers, postnatal depression, urinary and faecal incontinence, perineal trauma, swaddling, vitamin D supplementation, weaning food, breastfeeding, maternity care, health in the low and middle income countries (LMIC), care of children with life-limiting conditions and support of their families.
We aim to:
- Undertake high quality research generated by the team through identifying gaps in the evidence.
- Assist in the evaluation of service delivery through consultations with health commissioners and providers – in this capacity we are involved in NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands 2014-2019, WHO and Ministries of Health in LMIC.
- Facilitate the incorporation of research based evidence (and where evidence is lacking, examples of good practice) into commissioning, delivery and monitoring of maternity, and child services.