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Kara Mackenzie


4th July 2022

Mental Health

NIHR: Improving mental health outcomes for women and partners who have experienced pregnancy not ending in live births

Funding from NIHR for research into which interventions are the most impactful in improving mental health outcomes in women or/and partners experiencing a pregnancy not ending in live birth in the UK.

Closing Date:  29th November 2022

PHR recognises that this call is broad in its nature but would like researchers to be targeted in their chosen research area. PHR recognises that partnerships can take many forms and the use of the words “parent” and “partner” are used inclusively. The programme also recognises that a small number of births in the UK are to trans men who are also covered in this brief. Suggested research areas of interest could include (but are not limited to):

  • Evaluations of interventions to support parents from a diverse range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who have experienced pregnancy not ending in live births
  • Evaluations of interventions delivered by charities, for example support phone lines, peer-support groups and counselling groups
  • Evaluation of interventions aimed to reduce the stigma associated with pregnancy not ending in live births
  • Research of interventions aimed at women experiencing pregnancy loss, prior to a subsequent pregnancy
  • Explorations of how workplace policy and interventions can support parents experiencing pregnancy loss
  • Interventions aimed at supporting women who had experienced termination of a pregnancy. This may be for either reasons of choice or due to medical reasons (e.g. tests showing foetal anomaly)
  • Explorations of interventions aimed at intended parents following pregnancy loss through surrogacy
  • Research to compare the effectiveness of different types of psychosocial interventions on different types of pregnancy loss
  • Research on why some women and/or partners who have experienced pregnancy not ending in live birth do not access support, either through lack of awareness of services, the nature of the services themselves or because of personal preference. Likewise, what are the consequences of the lack of engagement with services.
  • Evidence synthesis on the support for women and/or partners who have experienced pregnancy not ending in live birth.
  • Explorations of how bereavement interventions for other types of loss can be adjusted and used to support parents experiencing pregnancy loss

Evaluation of interventions targeted at supporting LGBTQ+ people following pregnancy not ending in live births are of interest. Parenthood in LGBTQ+ people is an emerging area where were is little underpinned evidence. Because of this the programme is willing to consider epidemiological research or expanded development of an intervention. Please contact the programme to discuss before applying.

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