York and Scarborough hospitals are inviting mothers who give birth there to participate in a study about the experience of childbirth and childrearing. The study is part of the nationwide ‘Born and Bred In’ (BaBi) network, which aims to improve local services by creating a picture of families’ lives over time.
Researchers from the York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust will use the study to highlight health, care, and education trends and challenges for children and families across the area. Every mother who gives birth in the Trust will be invited to join the study, with more than 4,400 babies born in the region last year.
The study is also set to include Scarborough, with the hospital trust joining forces with academics from the University of York for the project. Pregnant women’s routine data from healthcare and education services will be joined together anonymously to create a bigger picture of local people’s health.
Dr. Dominic Smith, BaBi Principal Investigator for York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is excited about the study and grateful to everyone involved in making it happen. Community Midwife Clare Jemmett is also excited to be part of the project and believes it will help understand the local needs of pregnant women and families.
The BaBi concept began in Bradford as part of the ‘Born in Bradford’ research program, aiming to understand the influences on families’ health and wellbeing. Sally Bridges, BaBi Network Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation NHS Trust, is delighted to welcome York and Scarborough to the BaBi family.