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Uphill struggle, or downhill glide? UK women’s experience of deciding where to give birth.



Staff, Students, Academics

Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research present this latest research seminar with Dr. Kirstie Coxon talking about UK women’s experience of deciding where to give birth.

About the speaker

Dr. Kirstie Coxon is an associate professor in midwifery research, based at Kingston and St George’s. Her NIHR-funded PhD explored how women and partners plan place of birth, using theories from social science approaches to understanding risk, and was an ‘adjunct’ study to the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit’s ‘Birthplace’ programme of research. She subsequently received an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship, during which she developed new ways to share evidence about place of birth with women and partners. She recently completed the evidence review for this project alongside colleagues at NPEU, University of Oxford, as part of the ‘Birthplace Choices’ follow on research programme.

Kirstie is interested in understanding how midwives can share balanced information about risks and benefits of treatment options with women and families, and in how maternity services can best achieve safe, high quality care.


English health policy has supported choice of place of birth for over twenty years, but most women (87%) still give birth in obstetric units (NAO 2013). Home birth rates have remained fairly static since 1992, when 'Changing Childbirth' was published. Policy makers and commissioners may be supportive for choice of place of birth, but the evidence suggests that little has changed in practice, despite 'alternative' settings to hospital obstetric units being made available. To understand better why this is the case, this talk will present findings from a qualitative evidence synthesis which aimed to bring together literature about women’s experiences of planning where to give birth, and will consider the implications of current evidence for the sustainability of 'alternatives' to maternity service.

Date: Monday 10th April, 2017
Time: 12:45 – 14:00
Room: MG26 (Myddelton Street Building)
Lunch will be provided from 12:45. The seminar will commence at 13:00.
Please accept the invitation only if you will be attending for catering purposes

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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 10th April 2017

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