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Optimising food choices and practices for immigrant women

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Interventions that improve maternity care and access for immigrant women in England

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Improving care for women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation

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Current research

Evaluating the effectiveness of specialist domestic violence support workers
The aim of this research, led by Associate Professor Dr Julie McGarry, is to evaluate the effectiveness of specialist domestic violence and abuse workers within two social care and family support teams in the East Midlands. Objectives include examining the impact this initiative has had on raising awareness of domestic violence and abuse presentations, practice development, and identifying improved outcomes for families. A mixed-method approach has been adopted for the study and data collection is currently in progress. The findings and a final report will be available in September 2016. This project is funded by Priority Families, Nottingham City Council, The Crime and Drugs Partnership and The Police Innovation Fund.
The roles and experiences of men during the first phase of their partner’s labour
Women in the UK are typically advised to stay at home during early labour. For many women this means a male partner is their main support. However, little is known about fathers’ views and experiences at this time. Drawing on interviews with fathers and textual analysis of pregnancy guides for dads, this qualitative research study explores societal expectations of fathers and how men experience early labour. This project is led by Dr Julie Roberts, Research Fellow in Maternity Care, and funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. 
Televising childbirth
This research, led by Research Fellow in Maternity Care Dr Julie Roberts, is investigating the relationship between reality TV and women’s experiences of pregnancy and labour. The project will bring together perspectives from midwifery, sociology, television studies and health humanities, as well as seeking the views of service users, activists and the TV industry. The objective is to develop a new approach to questions about the role of TV in shaping women’s perceptions of risk, autonomy and choice during labour. This project is funded by a Wellcome Seed Award. 
Can we reduce the number of children attending hospital emergency departments?
This descriptive quantitative survey aims to identify the threshold for emergency department attendance in self-referred parents of infants and children aged 0-5 years presenting with non-urgent illnesses. Its findings aim to help support parents in the community and reduce the number of children attending overburdened hospital emergency departments. This project is led by Dr Pippa Hemingway and funded by pump priming from Nottingham University Hospitals Charity.

Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group

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

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