Examine effects of very early hospital discharge on women, babies and health professionals.

West MidlandsReproductive Health and Childbirth
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014


There is increasing pressure on Maternity Services from the number of women giving birth and this means women are sent home much earlier than they used to be. The local maternity units have asked the CLAHRC team to work with them to look at the effect this may have on women, their babies and families as well as the staff who care for them.


Aims of the project

The CLAHRC Maternity and Child Health team are developing a range of projects exploring the impact of early discharge which include:

  • To find out from the community midwives which mothers and babies are re-admitted to hospital as this is not accurately collected. This will mean the researchers will be able to do a Birmingham citywide study (called a cohort study), comparing routinely collected anonymous local data for all births in the city over a three month period, and factors related to readmission to hospital for women and babies in the early postnatal period will be accounted for.
  • To use Information is collected routinely by all hospitals nationally (Hospital Episode Statistics) to describe readmission of women and babies during the postnatal period, and explore links with the length of postnatal hospital stay.
Dr Sara Kenyon