Maternal Health and Wellbeing
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PhD opportunities in maternity research

The School of Health Science offers a vibrant and stimulating environment for research students. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, we were commended for the quality of our lectures, mentoring and support.

The Maternity Health and Wellbeing Research Group welcomes PhD proposals in line with our specific research themes. We are particularly keen to see proposals related to the following topics:

Organisation of maternity care, including content and workforce:

  • Care during latent/early/first-stage labour – organisation and content – including the implications for midwives and obstetricians of changing the active phase of the first stage of labour to commence at 6cm cervical dilatation
  • Preparing for labour and birth

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing:

  • How do new immigrant women from Eastern and Southern Eastern Europe experience perinatal depression and anxiety and what are their experiences of support services?
  • Interventions to prevent postnatal depression – what do women want?
  • The cost-effectiveness of interventions for perinatal mental health problem – what needs to be done?
  • The identification of women at risk of perinatal mental health problems – what can be done?
  • What are the financial costs for families when a mother is depressed?

Pregnancy, birth and motherhood in contemporary society:

  • Migration and maternity care, including food choices for childbearing migrant women
  • Women, childbearing and HIV (prevention, testing or care)
  • Female genital mutilation and healthcare, including women’s experiences of care encounters
  • Experiences of mental health in pregnancy
  • Representations of childbirth in popular culture
  • Women’s choices in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Decision-making processes to attend the emergency department by self-referred mothers of children aged 0-5 presenting with non-urgent illness

How to apply

To express an interest in any of the PhD topics in this field, please email Professor Helen Spiby or Dr Catrin Evans.

Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA


telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0820
email: helen.spiby@nottingham.ac.uk