Maternal Health and Wellbeing

Pregnancy, birth and motherhood in a contemporary and superdiverse society  

This broad-ranging research theme reflects the diverse nature of our academics’ work and investigates the many different aspects that influence maternity and motherhood in the 21st century. 

Projects explore varied topics such as the experiences of migrant women, the media’s influence, the experiences of men during early labour and how healthcare professionals can better support victims of domestic abuse. 

All of our research aims to make a valuable contribution to healthcare practice and shape the way society supports women and their families during pregnancy and early motherhood.   

Research that makes an impact

Optimising food choices and practices for immigrant women

Informing better nutrition recommendations for immigrant women during the perinatal period. 

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Interventions that improve maternity care and access for immigrant women in England: a narrative synthesis systematic review

PI G Higginbottom with Morgan M, Evans C and Bharj H - funded by NIHR.

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

This project seeks to inform the development of new models of FGM-related health service delivery and staff training.

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Meet our researchers

Professor Gina Higginbottom MBE

Gina is the Mary Seacole Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health and is an international expert on ethnic minority populations and immigrant health and maternity. 

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PhD opportunities

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


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