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Durham University

Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre

Third Stage of Labour Study

The Third Stage of Labour (ThiStL) Study is an exploratory study of care during the third stage of labour (when the placenta is expelled), which will involve interviews and surveys. The primary aim of this project is to understand why and how decisions are made around third stage of labour care for women experiencing low-risk pregnancies and labours in a midwife-led unit. This research will take place in the Newcastle Birthing Centre, and will account for multiple viewpoints and experiences, including those of pregnant women and postpartum mothers, and of midwives.

This study is the PhD project of Michele Freed at Durham University, and is currently in the process of receiving NHS ethical approval. If you would like to receive more information about this research once ethical approval has been granted, please contact Michele Freed (mobile/text: 07724528541; email: