The wellbeing of mothers, babies and young children is of central importance to the health of the nation. Improvement in the health of women throughout childbearing and of babies and young children is an international healthcare target and is embedded in Scottish Government Health Policy.
This research programme capitalises on established work. It will provide high quality, clinically-focussed research to provide the necessary evidence for highest level policy decisions. It will benefit healthcare providers, women and their families and the education of the next generation of midwives.
Maternal and child health research at the University of Stirling has been developed in close partnership. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and the Chief Scientist Office's NMAHP Research Unit, policy makers and clinicians across NHS Forth Valley and Scotland have all contributed to this key research.