Maternal Health and Wellbeing

Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group

We are proud to be one of the UK’s leading research groups in the field of maternal health and wellbeing, with internationally recognised academics whose work enhances the health and quality of life of childbearing women. 

Through theoretical and pragmatic enquiry, our research explores issues around the care and support of women before, during and after childbirth. Our work looks at such topics as:

  • the organisation of maternity care
  • perinatal mental health
  • motherhood and childbearing in contemporary society

Our research is highly applied, helping to inform policy, clinical guidelines and education, improve healthcare professionals’ practice and provide better maternal care for women in the UK and internationally. One of the ways we make sure our research remains relevant is by working closely with women with experience of maternity services. 

Visit the Nottingham Maternity Research Network to find out more. 

Explore our research themes

To find out more about how our research makes an impact, explore the group’s research themes and projects. 

Organisation of maternity care, including content and workforce


Our research in this area explores service delivery, the content of care and the maternity workforce to improve maternity practice and support childbearing women. 

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing


Supporting women affected by anxiety, postnatal depression, post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues.    


Pregnancy, birth and motherhood in contemporary society


Our research looks at some of the many issues relating to modern-day pregnancy, childbirth and family life, including media effects, domestic abuse and cultural beliefs.     

Knowledge translation 



It's essential that information gained through research is translated into practice as rapidly as possible. One of the ways we do this is through the development of evidence based guidance for practice.


Presentations by members of the Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Dr Catrin Evans is presenting a keynote entitled Establishing confidence in the findings from qualitative evidence synthesis: reflections on ConQual and CerQual at the European JBI Symposium of Evidence-Based Healthcare in Clinical Practice: Guidelines, Decision Making Process and Evidence Synthesis in the Czech Republic.

Meet our researchers 

Professor Helen Spiby 

Helen is head of the research group. She is an experienced midwife and internationally respected health services researcher. 

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PhD opportunities

Discover the latest opportunities for PhD research in the field of maternal health and wellbeing and maternity care.

Recent research

An Evaluation of the Implementation of the National IRIS Initiative across Nottingham City GP Practices 2017

Domestic Violence Intervention Project Report Summary 2016 




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