There are four research areas available to apply for, including ‘Development of skin-to-skin ‘from birth’ device’.
The research area description says: “Mother baby skin to skin has been identified to maintain normal heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, control infection, release maternal and infant oxytocin (the Love hormone) which supports attachment and breastfeeding (Niels Bergmann, UNICEF BFI). An extension of this is ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ which particularly in preterm infants has demonstrated improved cognitive and physical development.
Women and families are being encouraged to undertake skin to skin at birth for the stated reasons, however extended skin to skin further into the postnatal period is not easy as presently available equipment is not designed from birth or easy to use. Hospital policies also preclude babies remaining in skin to skin for health and safety reasons.”
Other research area opportunities include: ‘Sexting: a study of young people’s experiences of ‘sexting’, ‘Community, culture and meat consumption’ and ‘Exploration of professional behaviour in the operating theatre’.
Applications are being accepted until August 31 2015.
To apply for one or more of these research areas, fill out an application form on the Birmingham City University website here.