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Research Theme 4: Maternity Services


The maternity theme of ARC WM builds on strong research from our previous centre, NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands, and has developed strong collaborations with the local maternity Trusts across the West Midlands. We are involved in service change at every level, from evaluating services in existence to developing and evaluating new services and translating evidence into practice. Methodologies employed ensure the most robust possible design and are tailored to the topic concerned and the timelines required. We are all passionate about improving care for mothers and babies and the work we have undertaken in collaboration with local stake holders is detailed in the publications section.

We published a number of papers relevant to our current ARC projects under the previous maternity theme of CLAHRC WM. These can be found at: CLAHRC WM Maternity Publications.


Theme lead

Professor Sara Kenyon,
University of Birmingham


We have a number of studies currently underway that seek to:

  • Evaluate the implementation of the Birmingham Symptom specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) nationally


  • Explore postnatal care during the Covid-19 period


  • Understand the barriers and facilitators of implementing maternity trial evidence in practice


  • Working collaboratively with the Regional Perinatal Service and East and West Midlands AHSNs to evaluate the regional implementation of strategies to improve clinical escalation in maternity


  • We are facilitating a national group to bring together existing quality improvement work around induction of labour, supported by BICS, RCM and RCOG

Latest Updates

Our projects are based on work we have undertaken previously under CLAHRC WM. We are completing a number of projects and are discussing others with stakeholders. Our three primary projects are: