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Maternity Unit

Research in pregnancy

In Newcastle and the North-East of England, maternity research is extremely important. It helps us to collect valuable information to improve our services and the care that we provide to pregnant women, their babies and their families.

You may be approached by one of our research team to see if you would like to take part in one or more of our studies at some point during your pregnancy. It is completely up to you if you would like to take part in research and we will give you as much information as you need to make that choice.


Reproductive Health Research Team

The Reproductive Health Research Team is based at the RVI and one of the largest research teams in England. Last year more than 2,800 women agreed to take part in our studies.

Our experienced team includes senior doctors, research midwives and nurses, research sonographers, support staff and scientists.

We aim to give you the opportunity to take part in research studies by providing all the information you need to help decide if you want to be involved. Every research study is co-ordinated by a research midwife who will be able to answer any questions and help you to decide if participating in research is right for you. You can be assured that all information will beĀ  kept confidential (in the same way as your other medical records), and that the health and wellbeing of you and your baby will always be our top priority.

Approved studies

All of our studies are approved by an independent Ethics Committee. The studies focus on important issues in pregnancy and childbirth, for example, high blood pressure, premature birth, obesity, ultrasound screening, induction of labour and bleeding at the time of birth. The results improve the maternity care and services provided to women in the North East and also around the world.

Each study is different and you may be offered information at various times during your pregnancy. You may receive leaflets about research at home or you may be given information by your community or hospital midwife. Some studies collect information about the care you receive so you would not be asked to do anything different. There are other studies where you may be asked to do something more that may include:

  • giving samplesĀ of urine, blood or small pieces of tissue, (which may require extra visits to the hospital)
  • having extra visits or procedures (such as ultrasound scans)
  • being asked about your experiences and opinions.

Where possible we try to fit research around your normal care to make it as easy as it can be for you to be involved.

More information

For further information about taking part in research or opportunities to take part in research in Newcastle, please contact The Reproductive Health Research Team at the RVI on:

  • tel: 0191 282 0362
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