About Us

The NPEU is a multi-disciplinary research unit which was established at the University of Oxford in 1978. Our mission is:

to conduct methodologically rigorous research to provide evidence to improve the care provided to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, the newborn period and early childhood as well as promoting the effective use of resources by perinatal health services.

Our work involves running randomised controlled trials, national surveillance programmes and surveys, confidential enquiries, aetiological studies and a disease register. The results of our research sit at the nexus of public and population health sciences, clinical care and health policy development.

We actively seek the involvement of clinical and research collaborators to ensure the research we conduct answers questions of importance to the professionals delivering care in the clinical setting and the health services more broadly. We involve women, patients, families, and voluntary and user organisations in the planning and execution of projects to ensure our research also provides answers to questions which are important to health service users and their families.