About the Centre for 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. Our funding is mainly supplied by the European Union.
Aims of the centre
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
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