Maternal and Child Health Research Centre (MCHRC)
The Maternal and Child Health Research Centre (MCHRC) undertakes a range of high quality research and stakeholder engagement activities in relation to the health and care of mothers, babies, and young children. Our interdisciplinary applied research draws on various methodological approaches to provide evidence to inform maternal, infant, and child health care policy and practice locally, nationally, and internationally
MCHRC is led by Dr Shuby Puthussery and includes academic and research staff as well as doctoral students from a range of public health, social science, and health care backgrounds.
We have on-going partnerships with several academic as well as non-academic partners both in the UK and overseas.
- Wellbeing of Women in partnership with the Burdett Trust for Nursing (2020-2021) Enhancing antenatal care uptake in an ethnically diverse socially disadvantaged maternal cohort: a retrospective study to develop an intervention. Puthussery S with Li L, Harden A, Malcolm G
- UK Department for International Development (2016 -2018) The Systematic Review Programme for South Asia. Puthussery S with Public Health Foundation India & BRAC Bangladesh
- Luton Borough Council - Flying Start Programme (2015 -2018) Father’s involvement in pregnancy and early years and its impact on key areas of child development in disadvantaged families in Luton. Puthussery S, Randhawa G
- Luton Borough Council - Flying Start Programme (2015 -2018) Evaluation of interventions for 0-5 year olds in Luton. Randhawa G, Puthussery S, Davidson R
- British Council Researcher Links Travel Grant (2014) Development of a bilingual learning resource on ‘Understanding domestic violence and abuse for health care professionals’. Puthussery S with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil & University of Nottingham, UK
- Greenwich Research and Enterprise Investment Program (2011- 12) Factors contributing to poor birth outcomes among Black and Minority Ethnic women in the UK: A systematic review and a pilot study. Puthussery S
- University of Bedfordshire (2014) Parent’s views on healthy diet and weight for children: a pilot study in Luton. Powell F, Cook E, Ali N, Ochieng B
- Luton Borough Council (2012) Engaging with the Pakistani/Kashmiri community in Luton on Consanguinity. Ali N, O’Neill K, Randhawa G
- National Institute of Health Research (2017-2019) A school based social marketing intervention to improve sexual health and reduce unintended teenage pregnancies in England. Hadley A, co-investigator with Bonell C, Campbell R, Fletcher A, Lohan M, Young H, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Puthussery S, Li L, Tseng PC, Kilby L, Kapadia J, Puthusserry T, Thind A (2019) Ethnic variations in risk of preterm birth in an ethnically dense socially disadvantaged area in the United Kingdom: a retrospective cross sectional study. BMJ Open Link here
- Mahendran R, Puthussery S, Mahendran A (2019) Prevalence of ante-natal depression in South Asia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Link here
- Orpin J, Puthussery S, Burden B (2019) Health care providers’ perspectives of disrespect and abuse in maternity care facilities in Nigeria. International Journal of Public Health 64:1291–1299 Link here
- Puthussery S, Tseng P, Li L, Puthusserry T (2019) Antenatal care initiation in an ethnically dense socially disadvantaged maternal cohort. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 29, Issue Supplement_4, November 2019, ckz186.143 Link here
- Huang MZ, Zun YC, Gau ML, Puthussery S, Kao CH (2019) First-time mothers’ experiences of pregnancy and birth following assisted reproductive technology treatment in Taiwan. BMC Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition Link here
- Huang MZ, Kao CH, Lin KC, Hwang JL, Puthussery S, Gau ML (2019) Psychological health of women who have conceived using assisted reproductive technology in Taiwan: findings from a longitudinal study. BMC Women's Health 19:97 Link here
- Puthussery S, Chutiyami M, Tseng PC, Kilby L, Kapadia J (2018) Effectiveness of early intervention programs for parents of preterm infants: a meta-review of systematic reviews. BMC Pediatrics Link here
- Orpin J, Puthussery S, Davidson R, Burden B (2018) Women’s experiences of disrespect and abuse in maternity care facilities in Benue State, Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Link here
- Major P, Puthussery S, Pappas Y (2018) Attitudes and perceptions of pregnant women towards the use of Anti-Retroviral Therapy in Nigeria. Women and Birth Link here
- Puthussery S, Tseng P, Li L, Puthusserry T (2018) A retrospective analysis of variations in antenatal care initiation in an ethnically diverse maternal population in the UK. European Journal of Public Health 28 suppl_1 cky047. 141 Link here
- Garcia R.L, Ali N, Griffiths M, Randhawa G (2018) Understanding the consumption of folic acid during preconception, among Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers in Luton, UK: A qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Link here
- Hadley A (2018).Teenage pregnancy: strategies for prevention. Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Link here
- Orpin J, Papadopoulos C, Puthussery S (2017) Prevalence of domestic violence among pregnant women in Nigeria: a systematic review Trauma, Violence, & Abuse Link here
- Garcia R.L, Ali N, Guppy A, Randhawa G, Griffiths M (2017) Differences in the pregnancy gestation period and birth weights in infants born to Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and white British mothers in Luton: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data. BMJ Open Link here
- Garcia R, Ali N, Guppy A, Griffiths M, Randhawa G (2017) A comparison of antenatal classifications of “overweight” and “obesity” prevalence between white British, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pregnant women in England. An analysis of retrospective data. BMC Public Health Link here
- Puthussery S (2016) Perinatal outcomes among migrant mothers in the United Kingdom: is it a matter of biology, behaviour, policy, social determinants or access to health care? Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology Link here
- Tseng Pc, Puthussery S, Pappas Y (2016) Acceptability and effectiveness of multi-media delivery of an exercise programme among postpartum women with lumbo pelvic pain in Taiwan. ISRCTN Registry Trial ID ISRCTN51146251 Link here
- Hadley A, Ingham I, Venkatraman C-M (2016) Implementing the UK Government's ten year teenage pregnancy strategy for England (1999-2010): how was this done and what did it achieve? Reproductive Health Link here
- Hadley A, Venkatraman C-M, Ingham I (2016). Implementing the United Kingdom Government's 10-Year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England (1999–2010): Applicable Lessons for Other Countries. Journal of Adolescent Health Link here
- Hadley A (2016) Teenage Pregnancy: great progress but no room for complacency. British Journal of Midwifery Link here
- Tseng PC, Puthussery S, Pappas Y, Gau ML (2015) A systematic review of Randomised Controlled Trials on the effectiveness of exercise programs on Lumbo Pelvic Pain among postnatal women. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Link here
- Garcia R, Ali N, Papadopoulos C, Randhawa G (2015) Specific antenatal interventions for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes in the United Kingdom: a scoping review. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth Link here
- Ajaz M, Ali N, Randhawa G (2015) UK Pakistani views on the adverse health risks associated with consanguineous marriages Journal of Community Genetics Link here
- Ali N, Ajaz M, Randhawa G (2014) Risk factors for congenital anomalies. Eyes on Evidence Link here
- Ali N, McLean C, Rehman H (2012) Faulty genes: consanguinity in the Pakistani community, Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care Link here
- Twamley K, Puthussery S, Harding S, Baron M, Macfarlane A (2011) UK born ethnic minority women and their experiences of feeding their new-born baby. Midwifery Link here
- Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Baron M (2010) ‘You need that loving tender care’ : maternity care experiences and expectations of ethnic minority women born in the United Kingdom. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy Link here
- Menon K, Puthussery S, Ravalia A, Panchal P, Rana R, Mistry S, Tseng P, Bhandol J, Mavalankar D (2018) Effectiveness of nutrition interventions in low and middle income countries: An evidence summary. DFID Commissioned Review. Public Health Foundation of India, University of Bedfordshire UK and BRAC Bangladesh Link here
- Public Health England and Local Government Association (2018) Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Framework: supporting young people to prevent unplanned pregnancy and develop healthy relationships Link here
- Hadley A, Ingham I, Venkatraman C-M (2017) Teenage pregnancy and young parenthood: effective policy and practice. Adolescence and Society Series. Routledge.
- Burden B, Willetts A (2017) Fetal Skull, in MacDonald S & Johnson G, Mayes’ Midwifery 15th Edition, Elsevier. London, Chapter 30: pp 467 – 482
- Burden B, Brooke-Read M (2017) Preconception Care, in MacDonald S & Johnson G, Mayes’ Midwifery 15th Edition, Elsevier. London, Chapter 20 pp 303 – 317
- Burden B, Perry V (2017) Anatomy of Male and Female Reproduction, in MacDonald S & Johnson G, Mayes’ Midwifery 15th Edition, Elsevier. London, Chapter 24 pp 358 – 377
- Burden B, Preston-Shoot M (2017) Legal Frameworks for the Care of the Child, in MacDonald S & Johnson G, Mayes’ Midwifery 15th Edition, Elsevier. London, Chapter 15 pp 219 – 233
- Mavalankar D, Puthussery S, Menon K, Rana R, Bhandol J, Mistry S, Ravalia A, Tseng P (2016) Effectiveness of nutrition interventions in low and middle income countries: An evidence summary. Protocol. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London Link here
- Public Health England and Local Government Association (2016) A Framework for supporting teenage mothers and young fathers Link here
Recent Conference Presentations
- Puthussery S, Tseng P, Li L, Puthusserry T (2019) Antenatal care initiation in an ethnically dense socially disadvantaged maternal cohort. 12th European Public Health Conference, November 2019, Marseille, France
- Puthussery S, Tseng P, Li L, Puthusserry T (2018) A retrospective analysis of variations in antenatal care initiation in an ethnically diverse maternal population in the UK. 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, Edinburgh, UK.
- Garcia R.L (2018) Perinatal mortality in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British women, in Luton. Saving Babies’ Lives Care bundle …. 2 years on. East of England Clinical Networks, Cambridge.
- Puthussery S, Tseng Pc, Shaw N, Puthusserry T (2017) Analysis of preterm births in an ethnically diverse maternal population in the UK and the linkage to ethnicity and socio- economic deprivation. 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Athens, Greece.
- Hadley A (2017) Implementing England’s ten-year teenage pregnancy strategy: what did it achieve and how was it done? Argentina Teenage Pregnancy Action Plan Consultation Event. Unicef
- Hadley A (2017) Teenage Pregnancy Strategy: a joined up solution to a complex issue. 2nd National Conference on Healthy Sexuality, Thailand.
- Puthussery S, Shaw N, Tseng Pc, Mathews M, Puthussery T (2016) A retrospective analysis of preterm births in an ethnically diverse maternal population and its linkages to migrant status. European Public Health Association’s 6th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health, Oslo, Norway.
- Hadley A (2016) The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England: What We Did and What We Learned. Accelerating progress towards the reduction of adolescent pregnancy in the Americas: a technical consultation. Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).
- Hadley A (2016) The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy for England: what we did and what we learned. Global consultation to draw out lessons learned from the first generation of scaled up Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes World Health Organisation, Geneva.
- Puthussery S, Twamley K, Harding S, Macfarlane A (2015) An exploration of family influences on perceptions of maternal competence among UK-born South Asian mothers in Britain. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Puthussery S, Billington M, Girach M (2014). Closing the ethnic gap in birth outcomes in the UK: A critical synthesis of opportunities and challenges for commissioning maternity services in the new National Health Service European Public Health Association’s 5th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Europe, April 2014, Granada, Spain.
- Puthussery S, Billington M (2012). Socio economic status, access to care and birth outcomes among Black and minority ethnic women in the UK and US. European Public Health Association’s 4th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Europe, Milan, Italy.
- Anand Sivasankara Kurup. Examining inequity in access to institutional delivery in India using the social determinants model: A Case study of Odisha state, India. (DoS: Shuby Puthussery)
- Joy Orpin. Respectful maternity care: Women’s experiences and health care providers perspectives from Nigeria. (DoS: Shuby Puthussery) Completed
- Louisa Donald. Father’s involvement in pregnancy and early years and its impact on key areas of child development in disadvantaged families in Luton. (DoS: Shuby Puthussery)
- Pei-Ching Tseng. Effectiveness of postpartum exercise on lower back pain, physical endurance, and changes in core muscles among postpartum women in Taiwan. (DoS: Shuby Puthussery) Completed
- Puremeluan Major. Attitudes and perceptions of pregnant women about the use of Antiretroviral Therapy for prevention of mother to child transmission in Nigeria. (DoS: Shuby Puthussery) Completed
- Rebecca Garcia. Perinatal mortality in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers in Luton. (DoS: Nasreen Ali) Completed
- Mubashir Ajaz. Examining the sociocultural impacts of consanguinity and implication for health care. (DoS: Nasreen Ali) Completed
Selected Consultancy Areas
- Luton Flying Start: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Working Group (Shuby Puthussery 2018 - current)
- World Health Organisation Expert Group to Support Technical Guidance Development: Mother and New Born Health (Shuby Puthussery 2017- current)
- Teenage Pregnancy Advisor to Public Health England (Alison Hadley 2013-current)
- Bedford, Luton, and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Better Births - Local Maternity System (LMS) (Nasreen Ali 2017-current)