Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
The Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research (MFIR) encompasses two of the research clusters of the Public Health and Primary Care Research Group: the perinatal epidemiology research cluster, and the midwifery research cluster.
MFIR is one of four research centres in the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster. Research funding comes from a variety of sources, the majority from the European Union.
Aims of the Centre
1 - To develop an integrated programme of research concerning health and wellbeing in the preconceptional, pregnancy, and postpartum period. This research programme will recognise:
- the importance of the preconceptional, pregnancy and postpartum periods as the foundation of a healthy lifespan for the child and as key to the health and wellbeing of a woman throughout her adult life
- the multiple interconnecting environmental and socioeconomic influences on maternal, fetal and infant health and wellbeing
- the influence of appropriate and inappropriate use of technology on maternal, fetal and infant health and wellbeing
2 - To engage in an international and local dialogue with stakeholders involved in public health policy and practice, and clinical practice, to make sure that research leads to improvement in health and wellbeing.
Public and Practitioner Engagement and Involvement
Information on our Public and Practitioner Engagement and Involvement in Research (PEIR) can be found here.
Previous Healthy Pregnancy Seminars
- Breastfeeding and Motivational Theories (12 Nov 2014) Seminar Programme.pdf Maria Herron's abstract “A conceptual analysis and interpretation of women's experience of online breastfeeding support” is available here Wendy Jones' PowerPoint “Medications and Breastfeeding: the evidence for safe prescribing” available here.
- 9 September (Loughview Suite, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - Seminar Programme.pdf
- 25 June (Boardroom, Belfast Campus, University of Ulster) – Primary Prevention of Congenital Anomalies - Seminar Programme.pdf
- Tackling Socio-economic Inequalities in Pregnancy Outcomes
Venue: Loughview Suite, University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Date: Thursday 5th December 2013 - Seminar Programme.pdf
- Medication Safety in Pregnancy Venue: Loughview Suite, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Date: Monday 25 November 2013 - Seminar Programme.pdf
- Congenital Anomaly Surveillance in Northern Ireland
Venue: Loughview Suite, University of Ulster, Jordanstown,
Date: Wednesday October 23rd 2013 - Seminar Programme.pdf
- Tackling Obesity: sharing local knowledge to strengthen partnership working Venue: Loughview Suite, University of Ulster, Jordanstown,
Date: Wednesday September 25th 2013 - Seminar Programme.pdf