Labour experiences: birth cohort pilot study

Forty women are being recruited from the Mercy Hospital for Women and Sunshine Hospital to take part in this pilot study about the factors that shape women's expectations and experience of care during labour and birth, breastfeeding and transition to parenthood. It is a longitudinal cohort study and will inform the development of a definitive study. It involves completion of questionnaires during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. Half the women will also take part in in-depth interviews before and after birth exploring pain in labour.


  • Mary‐Ann Davey
  • Rhonda Small
  • Lester Jones
  • Laura Whitburn.


Healthy Motherhood Program Grant.


Data collection and interviews underway.