Research opportunities: calling pregnant mums & new parents!

Are you interested in contributing to research that will enhance understanding of how best to support parents and babies?

MumsAid is happy to share details of new research opportunities for pregnant mums and recent parents that have been approved by university ethics committees.

Black women’s experiences of traumatic birth

A Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Surrey is researching how Black women in the UK experience a psychologically traumatic or distressing childbirth.  The hope is that this PhD research may help improve the care provided to Black women giving birth in the UK in the future.

The research will involve online interviews with Black women who are aged 18+ and have given birth in the UK between 6 months and 5 years ago, and participants will receive a £10 Love2shop gift voucher as a thank you for their time.

If you might be interested in taking part and would like further information, please see the poster below and email:

For women who have previously received CBT for perinatal OCD

A researcher within City, University of London would like women who have received CBT treatment within the last four years for perinatal OCD to take part in an interview. The research aims to better understand the experiences of talking about their unwanted, intrusive thoughts to their therapist. You do not need a formal diagnosis to take part, and may no longer experience these thoughts. You may have remained in therapy or dropped out.

Research is for women who gave birth at least 12 months ago but received CBT therapy in England within the last four years (from, for instance a charity/IAPT service NOT from a specialist perinatal service).

If interviewed, in appreciation for your time, you will receive a Gift Voucher for £20.

Please email the researcher at to find out more information and to take part.

Postnatal experience in British Ghanaian women

Our therapist Juliana Moro is looking for participants for her doctoral research exploring the postnatal experience of British Ghanaian women – can you help? All details on how to get involved are in the poster below.

Supporting partners with postnatal depression

Mariana Lopes is seeking volunteers (aged 18+) to participate in her MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology dissertation project at Staffordshire University, which is exploring the experiences of men who are supporting (or have recently supported) a partner with postnatal depression. Participation will consist of a 30-minute virtual interview, and you will be gifted a £5 Amazon voucher for your participation.

If you would like to find out more information about the study, or wish to participate, please follow the link below. This will take you to an information sheet, followed by a consent form. This form includes Mariana’s contact details in case you would like to ask further questions or to organise an interview, if you would like to participate.


For women with long-term health conditions

Researchers at the University of Oxford would like women living with a long-term health condition, aged 18 or over and who are currently pregnant or have given birth in the last year, to complete an online survey.

The team want to assess whether existing health and well-being questionnaires capture what is important to women living with long-term conditions during pregnancy, or those who have recently given birth.

A long-term health condition is considered any physical and/or mental health issue that has lasted for at least 12 months. They are keen to hear from women experiencing thyroid problems.

To access further information: click here.


Stress, anxiety & social support after giving birth

Are you a first time mum based in the UK? Is your baby under 10 weeks old? Would you be interested in sharing your experiences of stress, anxiety and social support after giving birth for a new University of Oxford study?

It is hoped that this research will improve understanding of how to support new mums during this important and precious time in your child’s life.

The study will involve 2 online questionnaires and please follow the QR code or link below to take part:

OR contact for more details

You will be prompted to leave your email address at the end of the survey. PLEASE REMEMBER to do this so we can send you the link for survey 2. Unfortunately, without both surveys your answers cannot be included in the study.


Positive psychology for postnatal depression

A new research study, approved by the University of East London, is exploring how positive psychology interventions that include character strength and gratitude are experienced by mothers going through postnatal depression.

Mothers who take part in the study will be provided with two positive psychology tasks that have been found to be beneficial in reducing depressive symptoms, to try every day for one week. The tasks should only take 10-15 minutes a day and participants would then be invited to discuss their experiences of using them.

If you are interested, please contact Malgorzata Mason for further details by emailing


How antenatal preparation impacts mothers’ experience

New University of Liverpool research is looking for first-time mums living in the UK with babies born in the last 4-12 weeks.

The study aims to find out how well antenatal preparation matches actual birth experience and if this affects how women feel emotionally after giving birth.

This is an online study and you will be asked to complete survey questionnaires, which take around 25 minutes.

If you’re a first-time mum who is interested in finding out more, and to access the survey, please see:…/form/SV_abGTXNxkDs7nOcJ