About Maternal, Child and Family Health

Mother and child talking to healthcare professional

Who we are

Midwives, nurses, psychologists, sociologists and epidemiologists.

What do we do and why

We undertake applied Health Research to inform national and international policy and practice in maternal, child and family healthcare.

Our work

  • Understanding and improving mental health and wellbeing in women and men in pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • Reducing trauma and feeling unwell in childbearing women
  • Understanding and helping with chronic pelvic pain
  • Improving global women’s health
  • Increasing positive health behaviours and self-management in women with long-term conditions, who are pregnant and receiving post-natal care
  • Improving communication between children and young people with long-term conditions, parents and professionals
  • Understanding the ways children, young people, families/carers and professionals share long-term condition management
  • Development and evaluation of complex, user-led interventions (e.g. web and smartphone apps) to promote optimum health-care experiences for families, and optimum outcomes for patients.
  • User involvement and ethics in health-care research. Spirituality and quality of life in individuals with long term conditions
  • Meaning-making in life-limiting conditions and palliative care
  • Reducing diversity, vulnerability and marginalisation
  • Family focussed care across the life-course in long-term conditions
  • Understanding parent-professional collaboration in long-term childhood condition management
  • Participation in healthcare consultations

How do we do our research?

We synthesise evidence and undertake primary research using mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative methods. We work closely with the NHS, are committed to co-production of research with users and representatives of public, private, voluntary and community organisations. We believe that health and social care should be inclusive, a belief that underpins everything we do.