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If I take part, will my maternity care be affected in any way?

No, it is important you know that your usual maternity care will not be affected in any way if you take part in the study.  All women will be able to access all of the care and support usually available to them.

Sometimes we don’t know which method of support is the best. To find out, we need to make comparisons. Participants will receive different methods of support; and the results will be compared to see if one is better. For this study we are comparing groups which will receive the RAPID support in addition to usual maternity care with groups which will receive usual maternity care only.

What will happen to women that receive RAPID support?

Women will be invited to attend discussion groups, one per fortnight over 12 weeks. 

A midwife and maternity support worker will help run the groups.

Women will also have a choice of self-help materials to use between groups.

Groups will be held online or in healthcare centres and women will be able to speak one-to-one with a midwife if they wish.

Women will be asked to complete questionnaires about their feelings and their situations.

Nothing that can identify women as individuals will be reported and names will not be used. 

Women will be involved in the study for around 18 weeks in total.

Support groups pregnant women

What will happen to women that are not allocated to the RAPID support?

Women will be asked to complete questionnaires about their feelings and their situations. Nothing that can identify women as individuals will be reported and names will not be used.

Women will be involved in the study for around 18 weeks in total.

You can view the full study Information Sheet here:

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