Maternity Matters: A new special series from Cochrane UK

Throughout August, we are running a new special series, 'Maternity Matters', on Evidently Cochrane. 

Maternity Matters is a special series of blogs and other resources, including graphics and podcasts, sharing some of the latest evidence on women's and babies' health, from pregnancy through to the early days after birth. 

The series focuses on NHS priorities on maternity and highlights new Cochrane Reviews or research. The blogs look at risk reduction in pregnancy with new Cochrane Reviews on smoking cessation and vitamin D; on women’s experiences and particular needs in pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage and after stillbirth; on continuity of care; and on managing the third stage of labour. 


The series is for people going through pregnancy and childbirth; midwives, student midwives as well as other health professionals and student health professionals supporting people through pregnancy and childbirth. 

Professor Catherine Swann (@cjswannPHE), Deputy Director of Maternity and Community at Public Health England, welcomes the series:

Dr Charlene Cole (@charlMidwife), one of three midwives who co-ordinate the @WeMidwives tweetchats, has also commented on the importance of sharing and discussing the best available evidence and its implications for practice:

Find all of the blogs and materials below, as and when they are published: 

  1. Maternity Matters: a special series from Cochrane UK. This blog introduces Maternity Matters and outlines what you can expect from the series.
  2. Breastfeeding: A round up of Cochrane evidence. A collection of resources, including graphics, podcasts and more, which aim to make the evidence on breastfeeding easily accessible.
  3. Recurrent miscarriage and early pregnancy: learning from women’s experiences. Sarah Bailey, a clinical research specialist, shares what their research group has learned from women about their experiences of early pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage, as they look to develop better support services.
  4. Pregnancy after stillbirth: experience and evidence gaps. Susannah Hopkins Leisher shares her experience of the trauma of stillbirth and impact on subsequent pregnancies and, with researcher Aleena Wojcieszek, looks at gaps in the evidence on how to care for such women and their families.
  5. Implementing midwife-led continuity models of care and what do we still need to find out? Researchers and Cochrane authors Jane Sandall, Hora Soltani, Andrew Shennan and Declane Devane look at evidence and practice on midwife-led continuity of care. 
  6. Implementing continuous support for women during labour and childbirth. In this blog for midwives, Meghan Bohren (Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health at the University of Melbourne) revisits the latest Cochrane evidence on continuous support for women during labour and childbirth and reflects on what can affect the implementation of labour companionship.
  7. What helps women to quit smoking while pregnant? Cochrane authors Jonathan Livingstone-Banks and Catherine Chamberlain look at the evidence on what can help women who want to quit smoking in pregnancy.

Join in the discussions on Twitter, by following @CochraneUK and using the hashtag #MaternityMatters.