What the MAMMI study is aboutMAMMI stands for Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland. It is a study to look into the health and health problems of women during pregnancy and during the year after the birth.
Why we are doing this studyThe MAMMI Study is a longitudinal study investigating the health and well-being of 1600 women having their first baby. The study, which started in January 2012, was set up to fill in some of the gaps in current research regarding women's physical and mental health around childbirth in Ireland.
Common experiences after childbirth include pain, urinary and bowel problems, changes affecting sexual health and emotional health and difficulties in intimate partner relationships. However, we have no information on the number of women affected by these issues in Ireland.
We want to find out:
• what health problems, if any, women experience during pregnancy and after the birth of their first baby;
• what health services, if any, pregnant women use; and
• how to improve women’s health during and after pregnancy.
When the surveys are completedSurvey ONE - ANTENATAL – to be completed at 12-18 weeks pregnant
Survey TWO (2) - POSTNATAL – to be completed 3 months after the baby’s birth
Survey THREE (3) - POSTNATAL – to be completed 6 months after the baby’s birth
Survey FOUR (4) - POSTNATAL – to be completed 9 months after the baby’s birth
Survey FIVE (5) - POSTNATAL – to be completed 12 months after the baby’s birth
Because there are five surveys at these different times, we will be able to see what problems improve, persist or get worse over this time period.
What sort of questions you will be askedThe surveys ask you about:
• your general health and whether you have any medical conditions or have had any operations;
• any problems you have passing urine (water);
• any problems you have with your bowel movements such as soiling yourself or passing wind when you don’t mean to;
• any problems or pain you may have during sex;
• your relationship with your partner and if you are worried about or experiencing violence in the home;
• how often you talk to a doctor, nurse or midwife about your health problems;
• your work or study; and
• the type of flat, apartment or house you live in.
The surveys ask a lot of the same questions at the different times and because of this, we will be able to study the problems that get better and those that get worse.
Click on the links below to download the surveys: