Let us tell you about our research project
WHAT'S THE BACKGROUND?
One in three births in England and Wales is to a migrant woman, i.e. a woman who was born outside the UK. In the UK, underserved migrant women are more likely to die in pregnancy, and they are less likely to get good pregnancy care. In this project, underserved migrant women are refugees, asylum-seekers, migrant women with little money, and migrant women without an official visa.
WHY DO WE NEED RESEARCH?
WHAT WILL THIS RESEARCH PROJECT DO?
The project will have four parts:
HOW WILL THE PUBLIC BE INVOLVED?
The project has been designed with a migrant woman who is an expert by experience (someone with lived experience of being charged for pregnancy care), and forty other experts including other underserved migrant women, midwives, doctors, charities, researchers, and government workers. A Patient and Public Involvement Panel and a Steering Group have been created; they will provide advice throughout the project and will help in creating an action plan. Factsheets, videos, social media, articles, and presentations will be created with these groups and will help to share the findings with the public and patients.
MEET THE TEAM
Get to know the people involved
Kerrie is a public health doctor and researcher who leads the project. Originally from Northern Ireland, she saw first hand the impact of conflict on families and communities. She is passionate about improving maternity care for women fleeing war and persecution.
Kemi is our lead Expert by Experience and has years of experience of providing expert input into heath care projects. She is interested in research to improve the maternity care of underserved migrant women in the UK. She is a Technical Advisor at Love Welcomes and is a National health Adviser at Doctors of the World UK.
Rob is a public health doctor and academic at UCL where he undertakes research that aims to equitably improve the health of the public through the application of data science and public health research.
Marian Knight is Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. She trained initially in obstetrics and neonatology, completing a DPhil and then training in public health. She leads the MBRRACE-UK national confidential enquiries into maternal morbidity and mortality.
Fiona is a medical sociologist with particular expertise in qualitative methods. She strongly believes in the value of working with experts by experience to understand and tackle complex medical and social problems.
Brenda is a consultant obstetrician and lead for the Oxford Rose Clinic, a specialist clinic for women and girls with FGM. She has longstanding interest in migrant women’s health and wellbeing.
Wendy Olayiwola has worked as a registered nurse and practicing midwife across all levels of the maternity system in England for over twenty years. She is the National Maternity Lead for Equality at NHS England and NHS Improvement and works to achieve equity in all provisions of care for Black, Asian, and mixed ethnicity women, and those living in the most deprived areas.
Katie is a statistician at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health where her research aims to exploit the rich data that are collected as people interact with services through data linkage, in order to improve services for women and their families.
EXPERTS BY EXPERIENCE
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