The vision of the Manchester Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre is to 'find solutions to the major pregnancy problems'. We study both normal and complicated pregnancies with the aim of putting up-to-date laboratory research into clinical practice to improve pregnancy outcomes for mother and child.

Pregnancy problems like restriction of fetal growth within the womb, stillbirth, pre-eclampsia, maternal diabetes and premature labour threaten the lives and health of both mothers and babies in phenomenal numbers on a world scale.

The effects of a pregnancy complicated by these conditions can last a lifetime by increasing the risk of offspring developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes or obesity in adult life.

Our work on maternity services, integrated with the midwifery research group led by Professor Dame Tina Lavender in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, is aimed at understanding the experiences of women, their families and health professionals and at contributing to the development of evidence-based public health interventions to ultimately enhance the quality and effectiveness of clinical care.