MHS Information for participants

The Maternal Health Study has now been going for over 10 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 questionnaire

  • Mothers who still have a copy of the 10 year Questionnaire at home - we still welcome returned questionnaires if you are yet to complete yours. We would love to hear from you as every bit of information is helpful.
  • If you have any questions, or would like another copy of the questionnaire, please email us: or call our friendly team on (03) 9936 6707.


Mother and child interviews

  • From October 2014, we will be inviting mothers and their oldest child to come in to visit us at The Royal Children’s Hospital. If you are unable to visit us, we may come to visit you at home. If you live interstate or overseas, you will be able to complete one part of the interview online if you would like to.


Follow-up after second and subsequent babies

  • We are continuing to invite women in the study to complete questionnaires six and 12 months after having second and subsequent children. If you are expecting another baby, or have recently had your second or a subsequent child, please let us know so we can include you in this stage of the study. Please email us at or call us on (03) 9936 6707.


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 6707.


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 6707.


Study newsletters

We produce a biannual newsletter for study participants:

  • 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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