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Maternity Research at North Cumbria Integrated Care

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

Update 06.01.22

ASPIRE – now closed to recruitment

RETHINK – Closing to recruitment 31st January 2022

CHOICE – Closing to recruitment November 2022


Maternity Research going on at North Cumbria Integrated Care

Introductions to the Reproductive Health & Childbirth Research Team at NCIC

Anna McSkeane - Research Team Leader. (CIC). Local PI RETHINK Study

Theresa Cooper - Research Nurse

Rachel Hardy - Research Midwife/Nurse. Local PI CHOICE Study

Mr Ajith Wijesiriwardana - Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Lead for Perinatal Mental Health.

Local Principal Investigator (PI) ASPIRE COVID-19 Study

An overview of current Maternity Research projects: –

ASPIRE COVID-19 study - Achieving Safe and Personalised maternity care In Response to Epidemics

The ASPIRE COVID-19 study is exploring maternity care provision during COVID 19.

We are inviting women (and their partners if they choose), maternity healthcare professionals and heads of service to take part in a one off interview to share their experiences.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has been selected as one of eight Hospital Trusts to take part. We are also sharing outcome and organisational data and any Maternity guidelines and policies developed during the pandemic.

We hope that in gathering experiences and data from throughout the pandemic, a model of care that supports the provision of safe and personalised maternity care during an epidemic can be developed.

The Trust is looking for service users to be involved in this project - if you are interested please contact Rachel Hardy


The RETHINK Study - Can we reduce hospital admission in latent labour?

This study aims to see if we can detect those women who may find extra support for early labour useful, to help reduce their chance of a difficult labour and unnecessary intervention.


• To assess the prevalence of pain catastrophising among women who are pregnant for the first time and who are experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy.

• To determine how pain catastrophising affects the timing of women’s admission to hospital when in labour, and subsequently their birth outcomes.

Participation involves giving consent online and completing one online questionnaire between 25 weeks and 33 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy and then completing another around 3 weeks after you have your baby.


CHOICE Study - Cervical Ripening at Home or In-Hospital - prospective cohort study and process evaluation


To compare home versus in-hospital cervical ripening to determine whether home cervical ripening is within an acceptable margin of in-hospital cervical

ripening for the safety outcome of neonatal unit (NNU) admission, whether it is more acceptable to women and whether it is cost-effective from both NHS and patient perspectives.

i) a prospective multicentre observational

cohort study, with internal pilot phase,

using data obtained from hospital electronic health records – women need to opt out of this (please see poster)

ii) a cost-effectiveness analysis

iii) a questionnaire- based survey and case studies evaluating process and women/partner experiences.


Sharing results of studies – Sharing results of studies with women/their partners/families is something we would like to improve upon. Generally, study results can take up to 2 years to be published and are often published on study websites but also in journals. We would like ideas about how we can share study results with women/their partners/families.

Your views are important to us – Please drop us an email to let us know how we could inform you better and involve you more in Research

Team contact details -

Rachel Hardy –

Theresa Cooper –

Anna McSkeane –

Mr Ajith Wijesiriwardana –

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