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ISCH COST Action IS1405
Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)

Optimal maternal and infant health is critical to societal well-being. Reducing childbirth mortality and severe morbidity is a primary concern for most governments. However, this focus on pathology has been associated with an over-extension of clinical interventions to low risk women, with unexpected adverse clinical consequences, and rising health care costs. Part of the problem has been a scientific focus on understanding pathologies of pregnancy and childbirth from simple, clinical, linear perspectives, with a consequent lack of understanding of the range and limits of normal childbirth physiology in different populations, individuals, and contexts. The proposed Action will advance scientific knowledge in this area from a whole-systems perspective, using the realist research framework of what works, for whom, in what circumstances. It will include five domains:

1. Biomedicine (epigenetics and the hygiene hypothesis); 2. Biomechanics (maternal and fetal movement); 3. Socio-cultural perspectives (social expectations and experiences, including marginalised and migrant populations); 4. Organizational perspectives (the effect of organizational contexts and cultures on variation in rates of childbirth interventions) 5. Neuro-psycho-social perspectives (how inter-personal actions and behaviours affect physiological processes).

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General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Prof Soo DOWNE (UK)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Dr Ramon ESCURIET PEIRO (ES)

Science officer of the Action:

Dr Luule MIZERA

Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Andrea TORTAJADA

Downloads*

Action Fact Sheet

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Memorandum of Understanding

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Websites*

Action website:

https://eubirthresearch.eu/

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