The maternal health study: study design update for a prospective cohort of first-time mothers and their first-born children from birth to age ten

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  • Stephanie Brown
  • Deirdre Gartland
  • Hannah Woolhouse
  • Rebecca Giallo
  • Ellie McDonald
  • Monique Seymour
  • Laura Conway
  • Kelly M FitzPatrick
  • Fallon Cook
  • Sandra Papadopoullos
  • Kelsey Hegarty
  • Helen Herrman
  • Jan M Nicholson
  • Harriet Hiscock
  • Fiona Mensah

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What’s already known
Poor maternal mental and physical health are common in the first 12 months postpartum, with implications for health and wellbeing of mothers and children across the lifecourse.

Study Question
The Maternal Health Study was designed to investigate the contribution of social and obstetric risk factors to common maternal morbidities. Over time our focus has expanded to include investigation of intergenerational impacts of poor maternal health and exposure to family violence.

What this study adds
The study collected detailed data on maternal and child health from pregnancy to age ten, including information on exposure to physical and emotional intimate partner violence in the first, fourth and tenth year postpartum. These data provide unparalleled opportunities to examine intergenerational impacts of family violence and factors promoting resilience in the context of social adversity.

Bibliographic note

Not yet published as of 04/05/2021


Original languageEnglish
JournalPaediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jan 2021