The Women’s Experiences and Perception of Pregnancy and/or Birth Complication research study has been launched to help understand how pregnancy and/or birth complications affect mental health and what supports women in Ireland need. Researchers at INFANT, UCC are looking for women who have experienced a pregnancy or birth complication in the last 5 years to take part in the study.

  • What is the Study? 

This study is called ‘Women’s experiences and perceptions of pregnancy and/or birth complications’. The team of researchers want to understand how pregnancy and/or birth complications affect mental health and also want to know what supports women in Ireland need.

The project is supervised by supervisors from University College Cork, Cork University Hospital, and INFANT Research Centre.

  • Who is it for? 

Women living in Ireland aged 18 years and older who has experienced pregnancy and/or birth complications at least 12 months ago but within the last 5 years.

  • Why is this study being done?

To guide the development of better support for women who experience complications during pregnancy and birth.

  • What are the benefits and risks of participating in this study?

By participating in this study you are contributing to important research on pregnancy and birth complications. The aim is that the results from this study will help to improve the quality of service received by women who experience pregnancy and birth complications.

As they will talk about your personal experiences in the interview, some people may find talking about these difficult. There may be private topics that are discussed during the interview. You have the option not to answer questions or to stop the interview process at any point. If you experience distress during or after the interview, steps will immediately be taken to make sure you get any necessary support.

  • What is the time commitment?

40-60 minute interview with Ms Elizabeth Bodunde.

  • What will happen to the results of this study?

The results of this study will be published in academic journals and presented at scientific meetings. You will never be identified individually during these presentations or any reports or publications.

  • Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions regarding this study, please contact the Ms Elizabeth Bodunde:  or Dr. Karen Matvienko-Sikar:  or call  0874070012.

  • Interested in taking part in the study?

Fill out the enquiry form and a member of the research team will contact you: