From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Maternity Needs of UK-born Ethnic Minority Mothers

We are exploring the maternal and postnatal care experiences of UK-born ethnic minority mothers. Policies and practices tend to focus on migrant mothers and may not be appropriate for UK-born minority mothers. The needs of ethnic minority mothers born in the UK are likely to be influenced both by their parents' cultural practices and also by those of their peers in the host population. Interviews with health professionals and with Pakistani, Black African, Black Caribbean and Irish mothers living in London, Bradford and Birmingham are in progress.


This study, funded by The Big Lottery, is led by Alison MacFarlane,  and is in collaboration with Women and Family Health Services, Tower Hamlets.



Twamley K, Puthussery S, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Baron I. UK born ethnic minority women and their experiences of feeding their newborn baby . Midwifery 2011;27:595-602



Puthussery S, Twamley K, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Ahmed S, Mirsky J. ‘You need that loving tender care’ maternity care experiences and expectations of British-born ethnic minority women in the United Kingdom. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2010;15:156-62



Twamley K, Puthussery S, Macfarlane A, Harding S, Ahmed S, Mirsky J. Recruiting UK-born ethnic minority women for health research: lessons learned. Research Policy and Planning 2009;27:25-38


Puthussery S, Twamley K, Harding S, Mirsky J, Baron M, MacFarlane A. 'They’re more like ordinary stroppy British women' attitudes and expectations of maternity care professionals to UK-born ethnic minority women. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2008;13:195-201