Maternal and Child Health research cluster

Our research vision is to develop as an expert group that fosters the integration of research and practice to support the delivery of high-quality and innovative maternal, child and family health and care.

Research interests

The majority of child health mortality and morbidity can be prevented with effective interventions – however, a variety of factors can impact on child health and survival.

Understanding maternal and child health issues across the continuum of care through the reproductive years, pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, the new-born period, infancy and childhood is a focus of this cluster.

Research areas

  • Maternal, child and family health
  • Obesity
  • Preventing accidents in the under-fives
  • Contraception
  • Mental health care
  • Diabetes

Our studies

Recent studies include:

  • PARTNER Study: PARents Together in Nutrition Exercise inteRconception Study
  • Evaluation of joint working and the impact on practice of health visitors and sports personal trainers
  • Improving the acceptability and uptake of LARC to young women
  • Efficacy of a nutrition and lifestyle digital intervention in women planning a pregnancy: a pilot randomised controlled trial in Primary Care
  • The development of an e-supportive care system to support children and young people with complex health care needs and their families to stay at home, funded by WellChild


Cluster members

Postgraduate researchers

Name  Role
Angela McCormack Postgraduate Researcher 
Fiona McGregor Postgraduate Researcher
Chidiebere Nwolise Postgraduate Researcher

Recent publications

  • McCann, L, Kearney, N & Wengström, Y. '"It's just going to a new hospital…that's it". Or is it? An Experiential perspective on moving from paediatric to adult cancer services.' Cancer Nursing, Oct 18. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Barrett G, Shawe J, Howden B, Patel D, Ojukwu O, Pandya P, Stephenson J (2015) 'Why do women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care? A qualitative investigation with women attending maternity services.' BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15:236 doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0672-3
  • Marsh W, Robinson A, Shawe J. (2015) Marsh, W., Robinson, A., Shawe, J (2015) 'Mothers’ experiences of compulsory removal of babies at birth: a review of the evidence. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, Vol 25' (3) pp341-346
  • Allan, Helen T. and Odelius, A. C. and Hunter, B. J. and Bryan, K. B. and Knibb, W. and Shawe, J. (2015) 'Gatekeeping access to the midwifery unit: managing complaints by bending the rules.' Health. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1461-7196

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  • Phone: +44 (0)1483 686700

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School of Health Sciences
University of Surrey