BIRTH – Building intrapartum research through health: an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth

Leading researcher: Soo Downe (University of Central Lancashire)
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Network
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Intrapartum | Mortality | Biomedicine | Biomechanics | Socio-cultural, organizational and neuropsychosocial factors


Main institution: n.a.
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: Cost Actions – European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Reference: IS1405
Starting date: 10-12-14

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Abstract

Optimal maternal and infant health is critical to societal well-being. Reducing childbirth mortality and severe morbidity is a primary concern for most governments. However, this focus on pathology has been associated with an over-extension of clinical interventions to low risk women, with unexpected adverse clinical consequences, and rising health care costs. Part of the problem has been a scientific focus on understanding pathologies of pregnancy and childbirth from simple, clinical, linear perspectives, with a consequent lack of understanding of the range and limits of normal childbirth physiology in different populations, individuals, and contexts. The proposed Action will advance scientific knowledge in this area from a whole-systems perspective, using the realist research framework of what works, for whom, in what circumstances. It will include five domains:1. Biomedicine (epigenetics and the hygiene hypothesis); 2. Biomechanics (maternal and fetal movement); 3. Socio-cultural perspectives (social expectations and experiences, including marginalised and migrant populations); 4. Organizational perspectives (the effect of organizational contexts and cultures on variation in rates of childbirth interventions) 5. Neuro-psycho-social perspectives (how inter-personal actions and behaviours affect physiological processes).

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub248*Joanna WhitePrincipal Investigatorproj161*BIRTH - Building intrapartum research through health: an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birthNetworkOngoing
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Soo DownePrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of Central Lancashire (UK)proj161*BIRTH - Building intrapartum research through health: an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth
Outrosproj161*BIRTH - Building intrapartum research through health: an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth