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.
Individual premature birth research projects
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. Incredibly, over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Tommy’s research is dedicated to improving these shocking statistics.
Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK and many suffer lifelong consequences as a result. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.
Miscarriage affects 200,000 couples every year in the UK, with 85% of miscarriages happening in the first 12 weeks. Often parents receive no answers to their questions. We want to change that.