Investigating a Unique Dwelling Space for New Mothers and Babies

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Paediatrics
Location
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Samuel Menahem samuel.menahem@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Margaret Hay margaret.hay@monash.edu

Summary Ensuring a calm and healthy first two weeks of life is thought to provide important health outcomes for both mother and infant. Yet this immediate post-partum period is largely under investigated. This study is embedded in a complimentary residential facility specifically designed to provide a supportive and comfortable environment for post-partum mothers and their babies. But how do their outcomes compare with those mothers and infants who are unable to benefit from such a facility?

Project Details

Ensuring a calm and healthy first two weeks of life is thought to provide important health outcomes for both mother and infant. Yet this immediate post-partum period is largely under investigated.

This study is embedded in a complimentary residential facility specifically designed to provide a supportive and comfortable environment for post-partum mothers and their babies. But how do their outcomes compare with those mothers and infants who are unable to benefit from such a facility?

Research questions of interest are:

  • How well does a mother recover from the stresses of a pregnancy and the traumas of a labour?
  • Is she able to spend quality time with her newborn infant, to attach and bond and to establish breast feeding?
  • What are the essential components of this dwelling place service that lead to improved maternal and infant outcomes?

We seek 1 or more post graduate students to investigate these questions, and to determine whether the service can be generalised to the broader community. This study would be suitable for a Masters or Doctorate Research Degree in the clinical and/or psychological and social sciences.



Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health



Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Paediatrics

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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