Stepping Stones Study

The Stepping Stones Study

What is this study about?

There is little research evidence about the perinatal care journeys and experiences of women who use drugs or who are in treatment for drug use. We do not know whether their needs and their infants’ needs are being met or if current services are acceptable to women, and if they lead to better or worse outcomes for families. This study aims to provide a detailed understanding of how women navigate health, social care, and maternity services from preconception to up to 18 months postnatally. By listening to women’s views, the study team will be able to make best practice recommendations for services working with women who use drugs during the perinatal period. Researchers are also interested in the views and perspectives of midwives and other health practitioners who work with women who use drugs in pregnancy.

Who can take part?

Healthcare staff working in Forward Leeds.

What is involved?

Staff will be invited to take part in interviews and focus groups. Interviews will last approximately one hour, and focus groups will take approximately two hours. These focus groups and interviews will test a range of ‘journey maps’ using data from the women’s interviews and allow us to develop models of care and best practice.

How to get involved?

Please contact Shirley Lewis, Project Assistant, Steppingstones@groups.stir.ac.uk or call 07795 917527.