Start: August 2018
End: August 2020
Why do we need this research?
If babies don’t get enough oxygen during labour, it can sometimes lead to brain damage and even death. Our current methods for monitoring a baby’s health during labour aren’t always effective.
Researchers funded by Tommy’s are developing new ways to check that a baby is getting enough oxygen. But without ‘buy-in’ from the people using it – doctors and midwives – this new technology might not be adopted quickly. We need to gather their opinions to make sure that new fetal monitoring equipment meets their needs.
What’s happening in this project?
In the Qual-IFY study, our researchers are interviewing doctors across the UK, to gather their opinions of fetal monitoring technology. The team will ask doctors about their experiences with current technology, such as cardiotocography machines which listen to the baby’s heartbeat through the mother’s womb. The team also want to understand their attitudes towards new technology for fetal monitoring, and understand what would persuade them to switch to using new methods.
What difference will this project make?
Researchers funded by Tommy’s are developing new ways to monitor the health of the baby during labour, which will reduce the risks of harm to babies. This project will provide our researchers with the information they need to make sure that their new fetal monitoring equipment addresses the needs of healthcare professionals. This will allow mothers and babies to benefit from new technology as soon as possible, reducing the chances of harm for babies during labour.
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A recently published article, co-authored by Professor Catherine Williamson from Tommy’s Research Centre at King’s College London, suggests that certain pregnancy complications can indicate future health issues for women.
Tommy’s has received a grant from the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care to support the costs of its PregnancyHub information and support services throughout the summer, due to rising demand in the wake of coronavirus.
Although recruitment to some clinical trials had to be paused when coronavirus hit the UK, scientists at Tommy’s Research Centres across the UK are still hard at work, supporting women and families in our specialist clinics and sharing their latest studies with academic journals.
The day before Mother’s Day, and two days before the UK officially went into coronavirus lockdown, Zara Dawson found out she was having a miscarriage. Her third consecutive miscarriage in less than a year, and fourth consecutive loss, after losing her second son Jesse in 2018 to termination for medical reasons.