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You should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or masters degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.
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This PhD scholarship was funded by The Steel Charitable Trust.
Perinatal mortality in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers, in Luton.
Addressing modifiable factors in perinatal mortality is a key priority for commissioners and service providers, aiming to aiming to improve birth outcomes and reduced preventable deaths (Department of Health, 2016; National Maternity Review, 2016). Luton, a town with a pleural population, experiences a higher rate perinatal mortality than the national average (CDOP, 2015). There is also an ethnic variation and data shows that Pakistani and Bangladeshi mothers experience higher rates of perinatal mortality in England compared with white British mothers, although the reasons for this are unclear. Much of the existing literature approaches the problem by examining individual risk factors quantitatively or exploring South Asian women’s experiences qualitatively. This study takes a intersectional approach and uses a mixed methods research design to review secondary data identifying risk factors for perinatal mortality in Luton, explore how women’s health beliefs impact on their health behaviour through the maternity care pathway, in addition to exploring healthcare professionals views of the care needs of local women. The results and findings will help to plan and deliver future local maternity services.
How do health beliefs influence health behaviour and contribute to perinatal mortality in babies born to Pakistani, Bangladeshi and WB women living in Luton?