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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


Short term:
  • Explore the neonatal jaundice pathway in the community
  • Facilitate the implementation of Birmingham Symptom specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS)
  • Induction of labour:
    • Explore women`s views across two maternity Trusts
    • Explore the extent of any logistical problems the increasing number of women being induced is resulting in, by undertaking a survey in a sample of maternity units thorough the UK Audit and Research Collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UKARCOG)

  • Explore postnatal care during the Covid-19 period
  • Explore the number and reason of pregnant women’s attendance at the emergency department of University Hospital Birmingham
Longer term:
  • To obtain further funding in order to undertake further evaluations.

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: