Understanding the impact of covid-19 on pregnant women and new parents: The Born in Bradford 2020 Families Study

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:5 publications

Grant number: MR/V027905/1

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Start & end year

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Indirect health impacts

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details

    Not applicable

  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population

    Pregnant women

  • Occupations of Interest



The COVID19 pandemic has dramatically changed how health care is delivered. Pregnant women have been identified as a vulnerable group to COVID19 and as a consequence, women have received much of their essential health care over the phone, and partners have not been able to attend maternity appointments including baby scans. After birth the usual social support offered by friends and family has been restricted due to social distancing. For women and their partners who are having a baby during this time there is concern that this could have an impact on their physical and mental wellbeing and the health and development of their babies. The recovery from the COVID19 pandemic needs research information on the health, social and economic impacts on vulnerable populations to be made available quickly to key policy and decision makers so that they can develop and implement policies and interventions to reduce potential longer term impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. The Born in Bradford (BiB) research programme (www.borninbradford.nhs.uk) is in a unique position to be able to provide such information on a key vulnerable population: pregnant women living in a highly deprived and ethnically diverse city. BiB have two ongoing birth cohort studies: Born in Bradford's Better Start (BiBBS) focussed on women living in ethnically diverse and deprived communities and BiB4All - a routine data linkage birth cohort study aiming to recruit all pregnant women booked to give birth at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Participants give permission for follow-up via routine data from multiple agencies (e.g. GPs, maternity, health visiting, social care) and agree to be contacted for additional research projects with bespoke data collection. The aim of our study is to understand the experiences of being pregnant, giving birth and caring for a baby during the COVID19 pandemic. We will adapt the data collection within our birth cohorts to collect additional quantitative survey data and qualitative interview data at 4 time points during pregnancy and during the first year after birth. This will allow us to: a) understand how COVID19 has affected pregnant women (e.g., being identified as high risk by government, having changes to care or birth plans), and the short- and long-term impact these changes have had, for example on their expectations and experiences of care, their mental wellbeing, worries and concerns, birth outcomes; (b) understand how the crisis is affecting wider aspects of pregnancy and the transition to parenthood, for example peer-to-peer social support, support for breastfeeding and parenting, family relationships and livelihoods; (c) explore how these changes affect the partners of pregnant women during pregnancy and in the postnatal period; (d) inform practitioners, service providers and policy makers where intervention is needed to reduce the adverse effects of the health and well being of women and their babies in the short term and as part of recovery. We will combine the findings of our surveys and qualitative work and use expert groups of key stakeholders and local parents to co-produce recommendations for practice. This research will significantly contribute to understanding the impact of COVID19 on pregnant women and their partner's current and future health and the health and development of their children. It will also inform interventions to reduce the impacts of the pandemic. Bradford, like many other large UK cities, has high levels of deprivation and ethnic diversity, the findings from our study will therefore be scientifically valid and relevant to services and policy makers nationally. Our research team have connections to many other COVID19 research teams nationally and internationally as well as direct links into key national health organisations and policy makers. We will use these connections to ensure

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Being pregnant and becoming a parent during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal qualitative study with women in the Born in Bradford COVID-19 research study.

The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health in Ethnically Diverse Mothers: Findings from the Born in Bradford, Tower Hamlets and Newham COVID-19 Research Programmes.

'When will this end? Will it end?' The impact of the March-June 2020 UK COVID-19 lockdown response on mental health: a longitudinal survey of mothers in the Born in Bradford study.

Comparison of Experiences in Two Birth Cohorts Comprising Young Families with Children under Four Years during the Initial COVID-19 Lockdown in Australia and the UK: A Qualitative Study.