18 August 2011: A Brisbane researcher is calling for women who were pregnant during the January floods to join her study looking into the impact of the natural disaster on women and their babies.
Professor Sue Kildea (Professor of Midwifery) and her team at Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI), in a partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU), aim to learn more about how a highly stressful event, such as a flood, might affect pregnant women, their unborn child and their child’s physical, behavioural and psychological development.
The study is seeking women with a range of different experiences; from no impact, temporary inconveniences, right through to those who have had major and ongoing disruption to their lives.
“We are inviting women who were pregnant during the floods and who are planning to give birth or have already given birth at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane to contact us,” Professor Kildea said.
“We need Brisbane women to come forward and assist us with this vital research which we hope will help us improve the treatment of mothers and their babies following disasters across the globe,” she said.
The international study, jointly funded by ACU, MMRI and McGill University in Canada—where a similar study is underway, has just been awarded a Canadian Institute of Health Research grant of $1.8 million.
The funding will enable the research team to follow up mothers exposed to the floods and their infants, over the next 4.5 years.
This is an international study involving researchers in Canada, United States of America, and Australia.
If you would like to participate in the study or would like more information please call (07) 3163 6335.