Journal article

The maternal health study: Study design update for a prospective cohort of first-time mothers and their firstborn children from birth to age ten

Stephanie J Brown, Deirdre Gartland, Hannah Woolhouse, Rebecca Giallo, Ellie McDonald, Monique Seymour, Laura Conway, Kelly M FitzPatrick, Fallon Cook, Sandra Papadopoullos, Christine MacArthur, Kelsey Hegarty, Helen Herrman, Jan M Nicholson, Harriet Hiscock, Fiona Mensah



BACKGROUND: Maternal health is critical to the health and well-being of children and families, but is rarely the primary focus of pregnancy and birth cohort studies. Globally, poor maternal health and the exposure of women and children to family violence contribute to the perpetuation and persistence of intergenerational health inequalities. OBJECTIVES: The Maternal Health Study was designed to investigate the contribution of social and obstetric risk factors to common maternal physical and psychological morbidities. Over time, our focus has expanded to include mother-child pairs and investigation of intergenerational trauma and family violence. POPULATION: A total of 1507 first-time mothers..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence (NHMRC)

Awarded by Melbourne Children's LifeCourse postdoctoral fellowship's - Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

The Maternal Health Study has been supported by three project grants from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, 191222, 344006, 1048829); grants from the William Buckland Foundation, ANZ Trustees Medical Research Fund and Australian Rotary Health; the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence (NHMRC, 1116690) and NHMRC research fellowships awarded to Stephanie Brown, Rebecca Giallo and Fiona Mensah. Fallon Cook and Laura Conway were supported by Melbourne Children's LifeCourse postdoctoral fellowship's, funded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation grant #2018-984. Research conducted at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Grant.