Maternal Health and Wellbeing

Pregnancy, birth and motherhood in a contemporary and superdiverse society  

This broad research theme reflects the group’s commitment to addressing contemporary challenges for women and families related to maternity or using maternity services.

Our research is carried out to inform healthcare practice and support to women from statutory and non-statutory services and to shape the way society supports women and their families during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Research that makes an impact

Pioneering a public health approach to modern slavery throughout maternal health systems

Develop, test, refine, evaluate and mobilise an evidence-informed public health approach to modern slavery, with a specific focus on preventing harm and promoting the wellbeing of women and girls in maternal health systems 

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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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Evaluation of local support service provision for bereaved families following pregnancy or baby loss

Joint principal investigators: Professor Helen Spiby and Dr Kerry Evans

Commissioned by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Maternity and Neonatal System

This 14 -month project utilises a Realist Evaluation approach to inform future scale-up and sustainability of provision.

The research seeks to include the perspectives of women and families, local peer supporters and healthcare professionals in Nottinghamshire, through interviews and focus groups.


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