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Maternity Research

Research in Maternity


Here at County Durham and Darlington Foundation NHS Trust, we are dedicated to our involvement in Clinical Research Trials. We guarantee that we always put our patients first and believe in involving you whenever we can. Our Maternity Department strives continually to improve the care we provide for you. This is partly done by our involvement in Research, both locally and internationally.

The Research we undertake is approved and funded by the National Institute of Health Research, who ensure our research, is both ethically and scientifically robust, and is undertaken to the highest possible standards to ensure patient safety. Research is the foundation for the Evidence Based Care that we deliver, and as such underpins our guidelines and protocols which comply with the guidelines recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

Research in Maternity Services is not just about the here and now, research will also benefit your children and their children, safeguarding a better future for all. Research is dependent on volunteers for its success, which means the help and participation of you, our patients.

During your pregnancy you may be asked to participate in a research project. The purpose of research is to test new treatment or procedure or to find out your opinions about an aspect of your care. Research is important to ensure maternity care is based around the best available evidence. We aim to give you the opportunity to take part in research studies by providing all of the information you need to help you decide, if you wish to be involved. Doctors and a dedicated team of research midwives are available to answer any questions you may have and to ensure you understand the purpose of taking part.

Every study is different and you may be offered to take part at different times during your pregnancy, or after your baby is born. Some studies only require information from your notes, whereas others ask for information from urine, blood or swab results. Some studies, but not all, require extra visits to hospital, but this will be discussed when you are deciding to take part. Whenever possible we will try to fit research around your normal care to make it as easy as possible for you to take part.

Please click here to read more about clinical trials and research at CDDFT

CDDFT are currently recruiting to 'Big Baby' study which is a large multi-centre study trying to determine if an earlier Induction of Labour (around 38weeks gestation) in pregnancies with a large for gestation age fetus (over 90th centile) reduces the incidence of shoulder dystocia. Please click on the link to find out more information about this study, or contact your research midwives who'll be happy to discuss this study further.

If you would like any more information about the studies running at CDDFT please contact the research team on: 0191 333 2843 or 01325 4543378

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital