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Women who are currently pregnant

The Oxford Pregnancy Study (OPS)

We are currenlty recruiting women in the Oxfordshire area who are:

  • Pregnant for the first time
  • Have a singleton pregnancy (i.e. not twins)
  • Are between 18 and 40 years old.
  • Speak English fluently.

However you cannot take part if:

  • You have had any complications associated with your pregnancy
  • You are taking any steroid-based medications, including steroid creams

For more information please email, or telephone 01865 613109.


The Oxford Mindfulness in Pregnancy Study (OMPS)

The OMPS is looking for pregnant mothers to participate in this study. This study investigates the effect of antenatal mindfulness classes on the mother’s levels of depression and anxiety, and also how the infant responds to stress. We will do this by comparing a group of women who have completed the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting course, to a group of women who have not.  We are currently recruiting women who are pregnant for the first time and in their second trimester, have no experience of mindfulness practices during pregnancy, are between 18 and 40 years old and speak English fluently. The study involves a session at the Warneford Hospital at approximately 37 weeks of pregnancy, where we would ask you to fill in some questionnaires, watch a short film and provide saliva samples. The study also involves a postnatal visit from a researcher, 3 months after the baby is born.  Here, we will ask you to fill in another questionnaire and take a saliva sample from your baby, from which we would extract and analyse DNA. If you would like further information on this study, or would like to participate, please contact the lead investigator, Elizabeth Braithwaite, on 01865 613109, or e-mail