Mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period are relatively common and are associated with an increase in adverse outcomes. Jane Henderson, Julie Jomeen and Maggie Redshaw have conducted a study, using data from an English survey, to describe the care received by women with mental health problems in pregnancy, and to describe the effects of support, advice and treatment on outcomes in the postnatal period.
They found that women with antenatal mental health problems were significantly more worried at the prospect of labour and birth, had lower satisfaction with the experience of birth, worse postnatal mental health, and indications of poorer attachment to their baby. They also found that these women received substantially more care than other women but they did not always view this positively.
These results suggest that health care professionals may need additional training to effectively support women with mental health problems during the perinatal period.
The INFANT study has been featured on the MoreTrials website under a series called ‘Trials that matter’. The INFANT study, which involved NPEU researchers Ed Juszczak, Louise Linsell and Maria Quigley, recruited more than 47,000 women and assessed whether automated computerised interpretation of the fetal heart rate during labour improved major outcomes such as neonatal death and child development at age 2.
Baby-OSCAR study has started its follow-up phase while recruitment continues in hospitals across the UK.
We will be sending questionnaires directly to parents just before their child's second birthday. It is imperative that we receive these questionnaire back, as it measures the primary outcome of the trial. So if your baby was a participant on the trial, please help us out by taking part in this important stage of the study.
If you have any questions regarding this follow-up, have any queries regarding the questionnaire or haven't received your questionnaire when you think you should have, please contact the Baby-OSCAR team via email (email@example.com) or telephone 01865 17965.
There is an option of completing the questionnaire online. Thank you for your help and support of this important study.
The Poppi trial team have joined the #startedinoxford initiative with a video introducing their work to explore how babies feel pain.
Started in Oxford highlights some of the innovative and exciting work being undertaken at the University of Oxford. Further details about this initiative can be found on the Started in Oxford youtube channel here.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Maria Quigley as the Director of Graduates Studies (DGS) for postgraduate research students in the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH). Maria is a statistical epidemiologist and senior researcher in NPEU. She currently supervises several DPhil students and teaches on the MSc in Global Health Science. She assumes her new role in January 2018, succeeding Professor Sasha Shepperd, who steps down at the end of 2017. Associate Professor Jonathan Emberson will continue to serve as Deputy DGS.
Louise Linsell, Senior Medical Statistician from NPEU, will be presenting the latest results from the EPICURE study, “Born at the threshold of viability: impact on cognitive development into adulthood” (2nd November). Associate Professor Ed Juszczak will also be attending the conference, if you're there, please come and say hello!
Louise has two related articles on cognitive and behavioural trajectories in the EPICURE cohort should be published in the very near future.
NPEU Senior Researcher, and Head of UKMidSS, Rachel Rowe will be at the 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference in Grange Over Sands. Rachel will be presenting a poster outlining the results of the UKMidSS Severe Obesity Study on outcomes for severely obese women admitted to alongside midwifery units. She will also be presenting a paper on behalf of NPEU researchers Jennifer Hollowell, Yangmei Li and Kathryn Bunch, comparing outcomes for women planning birth in alongside and freestanding midwifery units. If you attend the conference, do come and say hello.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Gracia Fellmeth has received the Ruth Bowden Award from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) in recognition of her DPhil research on perinatal depression among migrant women on the Thai-Myanmar border.
We congratulate Gracia on her outstanding academic achievement!