The Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health aims to promote the health and wellbeing of women, babies and their families by enhancing practice through education, research and scholarship.
The centre focuses on research in midwifery, maternal and perinatal care. Academic researchers associated with the group employ a wide spectrum of research approaches, ranging from qualitative to quantitative research and from mixed-methods studies to systematic reviews. They also cover a range of different topics, with studies undertaken locally in Dorset and the South of England, nationally across the UK, and internationally as far afield as Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and the USA. We currently have 22 doctoral students working on a wide variety of projects both local and international.
Research focuses on the following broad areas:
1) Improving maternal outcomes in low and middle income countries
- Mental health & maternity care in Nepal.
- Wellbeing of Women: Barriers (either real or perceived) to women seeking facility based birth in Nepal.
- Evaluation of Maternal Health Intervention in rural Nepal.
- Clean birth kits in low to middle income countries.
- Addressing quality of care and equity of services available at birthing centres to improve maternal and neonatal health in western Nepal. – PhD studentship
- Assessing the contribution of male spousal involvement in promoting safe motherhood. – PhD studentship
2) Early labour
- Defining the latent phase of labour
- Can pelvic positioning in early labour reduce early admission and obstetric intervention? – PhD studentship
- Improving Birth Experiences: Home Support Visits for Improving Self-Efficacy and Reducing Early Labour Admission. A Feasibility Study – PhD studentship
3) Choice and decision making in relation to maternal health
- My Birthplace: a computerised decision making tool to support women, their partners and midwives to make a decision about place of birth. – PhD studentship
- The role of the media in influencing women’s decisions about birth.
- The impact of a continuity of maternity care model on the birth outcomes and early postnatal care experience of mothers and babies living on a low income. – PhD studentship
- Investigating diet quality/patterns of women of childbearing age and the association with perceived stress and adiposity indices in three countries: the UK, the USA, and Lebanon – PhD
- Mothers’ experiences of breastfeeding – PhD
- Evaluation of the breastfeeding web pages at Healthtalkonline.
- An exploration of breastfeeding and parenting support by midwives and community support workers in the community setting. – PhD studentship
- ‘Letting off steam! Video diaries to share breastfeeding experiences’. – PhD
5) Midwifery professional and maternal education
- The use of evidence resources in midwifery training and practice.
- Evaluation of the Maternal and Childhood Obesity (MaCO) package.Bournemouth University Resource Package (BURP): Breastfeeding e-learning resource.
- The SMILE Project – Student Midwives Integrated Learning Environment – PhD studentship
- Independent midwives’ experiences of utilising intuition as an authoritative form of knowledge in practice, a descriptive phenomenological study – PhD
- Stories of companionship and trust: women’s narratives of their student midwife caseloading experience. – PhD
6) Other clinical studies
- UUP Study: Updating the Understanding of Perineal Practice at the time of birth.
- Understanding disabled women’s experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
- Exploring women’s experiences of caring for their late preterm infant. – PhD
- Intramuscular Diamorphine and Intramuscular Pethidine for labour analgesia (the IDvIP study).
- How is Patient-Centred Care affected by giving Women the opportunity to write in Hand-Held Healthcare Notes.
- Mother’s experience of having their baby removed at birth: a digital story
CMMPH has a large number of doctoral students working on topics as diverse as the weaning age in post-medieval populations, women’s experiences of care, and antenatal care in rural Nepal. We have also developed a clinical academic doctorate studentship in association with our practice partners, download this flyer for more information.
We have a long and successful history of providing midwifery education programmes. The midwifery teaching team is a cohesive group of highly motivated teachers who are passionate about midwifery. The team has a range of clinical experience and expertise ranging from normal childbirth to those women with complex social, obstetric and medical needs; breast feeding, care of the newborn in challenging situations, student caseload holding as well as independent and NHS practice.
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We believe that women are at the centre of their midwifery care, and as such this approach underpins our core philosophy. The key tenets of our undergraduate midwifery programme are underpinned by the ‘6Cs’ relating to care, compassions, competence, communication, courage and competence. As a team we aim to provide challenging and stimulating learning that creates the passion for lifelong learning. Students are encouraged to publish their work, an example of which can be found here.
Read what Becky Weston, a student midwife undertaking her clinical experience in Portsmouth, has to say about the programme.
Reducing avoidable admissions at term: an interactive eLearning resource
This interactive eLearning resource was commissioned and funded by Health Education England (Wessex). Several case scenarios were devised by Bournemouth University Senior Midwifery Lecturers Luisa Cescutti-Butler and Debbee Houghton in conjunction with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals from across the Wessex patch. The package is designed to provide healthcare professionals (middle grade paediatricians in training & non-training posts, post reg child branch students, pre reg child branch & midwifery students, midwives and neonatal nurses skills ) with knowledge needed to make decisions and take actions to avoid term babies being unnecessarily admitted to neonatal units. Practitioners accessing the e-learning will work through realistic scenarios that may be encountered during a clinical shift, and asked to consider decisions on situations as they unfold. Third year Bournemouth University midwifery students have had the package incorporated into the Complex care unit which focuses on complexity within midwifery for women and their babies. First year midwifery students have been asked to work through a scenario which focuses on a woman and her baby being cared for in a low risk maternity unit.
The e-learning package has received support and acclaim from NHS England (now the NHS Improvement as the body overseeing the Term Admissions work) and it is also being used by the Neonatal Nurse preceptees throughout Wessex and has been advertised across the region and nationally.
Staff at the centre have introduced a number of innovative practice developments: