Birth Cohort Project

School of Health Sciences and Social Work

 Birth Cohort Project

Tracking the health and wellbeing of babies born in Portsmouth

A research project by

University of Portsmouth

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About the Portsmouth Birth Cohort Project

The birth cohort project is based at the University of Portsmouth and will track the health and well-being of babies born in Portsmouth. We will use this information to find out about the different factors that help babies to grow up healthily. Ultimately, we hope that we can develop interventions to ensure that many more babies in Portsmouth are able to grow up to be healthy adults.

Researchers in this project are working closely with Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust and the Portsmouth City Council to collect information about the health and needs of babies in Portsmouth. This will help to shape future policies and ensure that that these children and future generations of children in Portsmouth are given the very best start in life.

Mothers of all of the babies born in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth in 2016 will be invited to take part in the study. Specially trained midwives will be available to talk to women as they wait for their routine antenatal ultrasound clinic. The research midwives will tell the women more about the study and answer any questions that they might have. Babies of women who want to take part in the study will then be followed up as they grow up.

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Thinking of taking part?

Who will be chosen to take part in the study?

All women who are pregnant in 2016 and who live in PO1-PO8 will be invited to take part in the study. Specially trained research midwives will talk to the women at their antenatal scan appointment and ask them if they would like to be involved in the project.

Do I have to take part in the cohort registry?

No. You do not have to take part in the registry. It is voluntary. Even if you take part you are completely free to leave the registry at any time. You will not be asked for your reasons. If you do decide to leave the registry we will still use the information that we have already collected (with your name and any information that might let people identify you removed), unless you ask us to delete all of your data from the registry.

What does the registry mean to me?

The registry will help the researchers at the University of Portsmouth to contribute to policies and programmes of ‘Portsmouth City’ which includes the Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth NHS organisations. Birth cohort information will be an important resource for answering many questions which eventually contribute to scientific knowledge.

What are the benefits of taking part?

There is no direct benefit to you. However, if we find any health or social issues related to you and your family we will advise you to get appropriate help/support.

What are the possible risks or disadvantages of taking part?

There is minimal risk in participating in this registry. Your child will be in the registry as long as you wish. If you have given consent you will be approached, until the child reaches maturity at age 16 years, to see whether you would be interested in associated future studies and further information collection which may occur every 3-4 years. On maturity, at age 16, your child will be responsible for giving consent to any future study and information collection. Each time your child is invited to participate in future studies, we will make sure we have appropriate ethical approval.

Will my participation be confidential?

Yes. The part of the registry which can be accessed by researchers will have no information which could be used to identify you. All identifiable information will be stored in a Master file with access only to the Chief Investigator and Data Manager. We may share anonymised data with academic researchers with approval from the data management committee and ethical approval from local research ethics committees.

What if I do have any questions?

You can contact us using the study email (PortsmouthBirthCohort@port.ac.uk) or our phone number 07738688089.

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University Researchers

Research Midwives

Zoe Garner

Zoe Garner
Research Midwife

Jess Harris

Jess Harris
Research Midwife

Linda Lishman

Linda Lishman
Research Midwife

Hannah Doe

Hannah Doe
Consultant Midwife

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PortsmouthBirthCohort@port.ac.uk