Research within our maternity services

As a teaching hospital we carry out world-leading clinical research across all parts of our hospitals, including in maternity services. Our aim is to offer every patient the opportunity to be involved in developing our research.

There are many different ways that you can be involved, including volunteering to take part in a clinical research trial. If you are invited to participate in a trial by the team caring for you, you will always be given a choice to take part, or not. Your decision will not affect your care. 

We participate in three main types of research. 

Randomised controlled trials

Patients who agree to participate are randomly allocated to one of two different treatments and followed up to see which is best. Most randomised trials conducted at NUH are also going on in many other NHS hospitals, and sometimes other hospitals worldwide.

Observational studies

Typically these involve taking a blood (or other sample) or doing some sort of test, e.g a scan, but not otherwise interfering in the pregnancy.

Recent observational studies include: PREPTransplacental Passage of Flu Antibodies  and Birthplace Study.

Questionnaire and qualitative studies

These studies involve completing a questionnaire or survey, or being interviewed by a researcher. 

Recent trials include: Childbirth Experience Questionaire and Mapping Midwifery Units.

Information about current research trials

You can find information about our current clinical trials in maternity on our patient information pages.

You can find information about all current research trials, covering all areas of healthcare, online.