The ‘Born in Wales’ study seeks to better understand how to reduce preterm and low weight births and to help children have the best start in life. The study looks at life events including working life and stress on pregnant women and partners. It is linked to health, school, and other data to better understand how the family situation can impact the early years for children, with an aim of evidencing what works to support children and families from the very beginning. The findings from this study can help to inform families, health care professionals, and policymakers on how to best support families to give children the best start in life.
Experiences of expectant mums during COVID-19
Results from the survey reveal that the pandemic has negatively impacted expectant women. Women have really missed having face to face contact with midwives and feel that the restrictions have given a difficult experience of pregnancy.
“All of the restrictions have made things a lot harder, and the lack of support (from partners not being allowed to attend) at appointments and scans has been extremely difficult”.
“Less appointments than normal & a lot of guesswork & googling on my part”.
How can you help?
Our research team would really appreciate your help in telling expectant parents about the study.
We would like to share our research findings with you through our social media channels and our Born in Wales newsletters. We also want to ask you what information you feel we should collect and what information would be valuable to you?
We would like to hear from you
We aim to develop a two-way dialogue with midwives and would like to ask if you would share with us areas of interest that you would like us to explore within the study. We want to ask the questions that are important to you in order to help improve maternity for families and midwives.
Professor Sinead Brophy, Director of the Centre for Population Health, said: … We would really like to be able to work together with you to improve the evidence base of what works to improve health and wellbeing for families and children born in Wales.
Join our Facebook Group
Our Born in Wales Facebook group is a place where we will share our study findings and ask about your experiences. We encourage you to join in on our discussions in the group and share any information that you feel may benefit members of the group. Thank you.