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Maternal Health Study information for participants

The Maternal Health Study has now been going for over 12 years. We are enormously grateful for participant’s time and generosity in completing study questionnaires and telephone interviews at such a busy time in their lives.

10 year follow-up 

  • We have now completed the 10 year follow-up and have commenced analysis, drawing on over 10 waves of follow up of mothers and children in the study. 

Follow-up after second and subsequent babies

  • We have also completed follow-up after second and subsequent babies. Thank you to all of the participants who took part in this stage of the study. 

Changed address?

  • If you have recently changed address, please let us know so that we can update your contact details. Please email us at or call an MHS team member on (03) 9936 6090.

Alternate contact details

  • As the Maternal Health Study is a longitudinal study, we sometimes lose contact with women when they move, or change contact details. If for some reason we are unable to contact you on your listed numbers or email address, we ask that you provide us with the details of someone who will always know how to contact you. This could be your partner, another family member, or a close friend. This information will only be used to get in touch with you, and will not be part of the research project in any way. To update your alternative contact person, please email or call (03) 9936 6090.


Study newsletters

We produce a biannual newsletter for study participants:

  • December 2016: Read some fun facts about our 10 year follow-up, which ended in December 2016, and find out what’s next for the Maternal Health Study. PDF iconDownload the newsletter
  • July 2016: Find out about our progress on the 10 year face-to-face visits                                               Download the newsletter
  • December 2015: Read about 'Time for self' promoting maternal mental health                                   Download the newsletter
  • June 2015: Find out about the 10 year face-to-face visits and meet some of the team
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  • December 2014: Read about the prevalence of maternal depression from pregnancy to four years postpartum.
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  • June 2014: Find out what women in the study said about work-life balance four years after having their first child.
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  • December 2013: Learn about the MAMMI study in Ireland which is modelled on the Maternal Health Study, and Deirdre Daly’s visit in December 2013.
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  • July 2013: Find out what participants have told us about the common physical health problems in the first four years after having a baby.
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  • June 2011: Why screening for maternal depression in pregnancy and the first three months postpartum is likely to miss more than half of the women who get depressed in the first year after having a baby.
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