Investigators: Professor Peter Brocklehurst (UCL), Annette Briley, Professor Geraldine O’Sullivan, Professor Andrew Shennan, Professor Debra Bick
Summary: There is uncertainty whether different positions adopted by women with epidural analgesia, in the late stages of labour, can assist women in having a straightforward delivery. The BUMPES trial has finished recruitment of more than 3,000 women in labour (with their first baby) who have had an epidural. The trial, which is now being analysed, will evaluate whether adopting an ‘upright position’ throughout the second stage of labour favours spontaneous vaginal (i.e. normal) delivery compared with a policy of adopting a ‘lying down’ position. The trial will also compare the length of time labour takes and the level of satisfaction with the experience for women.
In addition to our core work on miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and pre-eclampsia, Tommy’s also funds projects that research the effects of lifestyle and well-being on pregnancy and on the later life of the child.
When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Around 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year. Tommy’s research is helping to change this.
Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK. These babies are vulnerable – they are born before they have grown to cope with the outside world. Tommy’s is saving lives by researching how we can prevent premature births by finding those at risk early on.
1 in 4 women experience miscarriage in their lifetimes, and 1 in 100 have 3 or more miscarriages in a row. We want to change this so that women no longer have to suffer the trauma of losing their babies.