Since January 2016, midwives in midwifery units across the UK have been reporting data for the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS) Severe Obesity Study, investigating outcomes in severely obese women admitted to midwifery units.
Jane will be talking about a mixed methods study of women’s experience of early labour, and also presenting a poster describing women’s worries about and experience of labour pain and associated outcomes.
Maggie will talk about women’s mental health in pregnancy and the postnatal period, and present a poster on how peer support during pregnancy and following childbirth affects a woman’s emotional wellbeing.
If you’re attending the conference do look out for their presentations and talk to them about their work!
Fathers are increasingly involved in the care of their babies and young children. In a study of over 6000 families NPEU researchers, Mary Kroll, Claire Carson, Maggie Redshaw and Maria Quigley investigated the relationship between fathers’ early involvement and later child behaviour. Their results suggest that the quality of parenting, rather than the division of care between parents, is important for child behavioural outcomes. Read the paper in PLOS ONE.
A study of the effects on the mother's mental health and wellbeing of holding their baby after stillbirth has been published in BMJ Open. The study, carried out by NPEU researchers Maggie Redshaw, Julie Hennegan and Jane Henderson, used data from Listening to Parents, a national survey of women who had a stillborn baby in England in 2012. The results suggest an adverse effect of holding their stillborn baby, with significant increases in anxiety and relationship difficulties with their family 9 months after the birth. There were important limitations to the study which must be born in mind when considering the results. Read the full paper.
National guidance and policy supports choice of birth setting for healthy women with straightforward pregnancies and the number of midwifery units is increasing. Most women, however, still give birth in consultant-led hospital obstetric units and there is uncertainty about how best to configure services. As part of the Birthplace Choices project Jennifer Hollowell and others have reviewed quantitative evidence on women's preferences for place of birth in order to better understand what attributes 'low risk' women prefer or prioritise when choosing their intended birth setting. The review, published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, found that much of the evidence came from poor quality studies carried out before 2000. Some service attributes, including local services, being looked after by a known midwife and being involved in decision-making, were almost universally valued by women. For other attributes, including the availability and involvement of medical staff, the availability of pain relief and a clinical or more 'homely' environment, women's views and preferences varied. Read the full paper.
Director of the NPEU Clinical Trials Unit, Ed Juszczak, has co-authored a paper in Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice outlining how clinical trials units work with clinicians in paediatric and neonatal care to develop clinical trials.
Building on the successful National Maternity Surveys in England, NPEU Social Scientist Maggie Redshaw has collaborated with colleagues from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University in Belfast on a Survey of Women's Experiences of Care in Northern Ireland. The survey report, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, details the experiences of 2,722 women who gave birth between October 2014 and December 2016. Comparisons with the English National Maternity Surveys show that the experiences of women in Northern Ireland and in England are broadly similar, but that overall women in Northern Ireland were less likely to feel involved in decision making about their care and were more satisfied with their care after the birth of their baby. Read the report.