Working group two
Biomechanics (maternal and fetal movement)
The mechanics and bioengineering of pregnancy and labour, including the nature and consequences of, and synergies between, maternal and fetal movement.
UCLAN AND RINICARE Ltd TO DEVELOP new NON-INVASIVE IMAGING METHOD for MOTHERS AND BABIES.
EXCITING New technology project aims to IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES
Researchers from the ReaCH Unit (Research in Childbirth and Health Unit) in collaboration with Rinicare Ltd, a healthcare technology company based in Lancaster, announce the start of a new Innovate UK-funded feasibility project. For the first time in the world, the work will develop analytical software to interpret completely non-invasive, very low cost, real-time thermal images of the fetus in pregnancy and labour. Maternity teams around the world could use this software and data to understand and support normal pregnancy and birth, and, possibly, to reduce the over-use of potentially harmful and expensive interventions such as induction or acceleration of labour, when the baby is actually healthy. The feasibility study will collect thermal images and develop software to visualise and study fetal activity and wellbeing. The research team will explore the acceptability of this technology to women and maternity care staff in preparation for a larger study.
The project will run for 9 months.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete
Disciplinary background: Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Biological Measurements
Anastasia is a biomedical engineer specializing in the fields of orthopaedic biomechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, thermal imaging, biosignal processing, clinical engineering, neurophysiological monitoring and analysis and research protocols.
She completed her PhD at University of Crete – Faculty of Medicine. Her PhD Thesis is on the application of a non-invasive technique in the evaluation of postoperative rehabilitation of the spine. In 2010 she received her Master of Science in Health and Human Performance after completing the interdepartmental postgraduate M.Sc. Programme at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2006 she received her Bachelor of Science from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Anastasia has won numerous scholarships, awards and honors and she has written several chapters in scientific books and peer-reviewed publications. She is an active member of highly active scientific and academic societies.
Her current research interests are: The use of thermal imaging in medical applications, exploration of innovative techniques and methods in the health sector, biomedical signals processing and analysis and e-health.
Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Medical Faculty Novi Sad
Disciplinary background: Medical doctor, Child neurologist, Senior research associate
Slobodan completed his studies at Medical University Novi Sad in 1993. In 1999 he completed his specialization to be a child neurologist. In 2007 he finished his PhD in neurology. He was promoted to senior research associate in 2012 year.
Working Group 2 members
Theodoros VRAKAS (Cyprus) firstname.lastname@example.org
Anastasia Topidou (Greece) email@example.com University of Crete – Faculty of Medicine
George Tzagarakis (Greece) firstname.lastname@example.org Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece
Chit Ying (Hong Kong) email@example.com Chinese University of Hong Kong
Corine Verhoeven (Netherlands) firstname.lastname@example.org Midw Sci, AVAG/EMGO+ Institute, VUmc
Dr Maria Healy (Northern Ireland) Maria.Healy@qub.ac.uk Queen’s University Belfast
Joan Lalor (Rep of Ireland) LALORJ1@tcd.ie Trinity College Dublin
Cristian Rotariu (Romania) email@example.com University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Iasi
Dragos Nemescu (Romania) firstname.lastname@example.org Uni of Med & PharmGr.T.Popa, Iasi
Hariton Costin (Romania) University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi
Ivana Perin-Starevi (Serbia) email@example.com Institute of Youth and Children Health Care
Sekulic Slobodan (Serbia) firstname.lastname@example.org University Hospital, Medical Faculty Novi Sad
Tereza Golenko (Slovenia) email@example.com Self-employed
Oliver Christ (Switzerland) firstname.lastname@example.org University of Applied Sc & Arts NW Switzerland
Münevver Yegül (Turkey) email@example.com Ege University
Viola Nyman (Sweden) firstname.lastname@example.org Health and Care Sciences at University of Gothenburg
Dalia Balsyte (Switzerland) Dalia.email@example.com University Hospital of Zurich, Clinic of Obstetrics
[NOTE: You can read all the reports from all the working groups on the Publications & Outputs page here]
A “bridge” paper created by Anastasia Topalidou, Olga Gouni and Slobodan Sekulic has been published. It’s called The Contribution of Prenatal Psychology to Our Understanding about Prenatal Dynamics and Fetal Behaviour and you can download the pdf here. The paper has also been published in Psychology Research (Volume 6, Number 12, December 2016, Serial Number 66) by David Publishing Company. It is available from this link.
STSM report (Dec 2017): Report investigated by by George Tzagkarakis (hosted by WG2’s Maria Healy): An analysis of cardiotography (CTG) biosignals by utilising complexity algorithms to quantify, correlate and predict fetal movement. Download a pdf of it here.
WG2 review (Jan 2019): How do midwives facilitate women to give birth during physiological second stage of labour? A protocol for a systematic review. You can download it here.
Topalidou A., Downe S. Investigation of the use of thermography for research and clinical applications in pregnant. Infrared Physics and Technology, 2016; 7(2016):59-64 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1350449515301560
Sekulic S., Gebauer-Bukurov K., Cvijanovic M., Kopitovic A., Ilic D., Petrovic D., Capo I., Pericin-Starcevic I., Christ O., Topalidou A. Appearance of fetal pain could be associated with maturation of the mesodiencephalic structures. Journal of Pain Research, 2016; 9:1031-1038. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27881927
Healy, M. and Gillen, P. Planning birth in, and admission to a midwife-led unit: development of a GAIN evidenced based guideline, Evidenced based Midwifery, 2016;14(3), 82-86. https://www.rcm.org.uk/learning-and-career/learning-and-research/ebm-articles/planning-birth-in-and-admission-to-a-midwife
Gouni O, Sekulic S, Topalidou A. The contribution of prenatal psychology to our understanding about prenatal dynamics and fetal behaviour. Psychology Research, 2016;6(12):ISSN21595542. http://www.davidpublisher.org/index.php/Home/Article/index?id=29249.html
Topalidou A. and Ali N. “Infrared emotions and behaviours”: Thermal imaging in psychology. International Journal of Prenatal and Life Sciences 2017, 1(1):65-70 http://www.journalprenatalife.com/index.php/prenatal/article/view/40/5
Meier Magistretti C, Topalidou A. The face of salutogenesis: an interdisciplinary Swiss thermal imaging case report, Evidence Based Midwifery, 2017 15(3):83-88, pdf.
Djordje Petrovic, Aleksandar Kopitovic, Ivana Pericin-Starcevic, Miodrag Vujcic, Natasa Dragic, Olga Guoni, Anastasia Topalidou, Slobodan Sekulic. Guinea pig fetus does not change its presentation during second half of gestation. Slovenian Veterinary Research, 2017;54(3):133-138. https://www.slovetres.si/index.php/SVR/article/view/298
Midwives’ practices during the second stage of labour vary nationally and internationally. We aim to retrieve evidence that supports high-quality intrapartum care by conducting a systematic review of the literature.
Electronic bibliographic databases including PubMed, EMBASE.com, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PsycINFO, Maternity and Infant Care Database (through MIDIRS), and The Cochrane Library will be searched to identify studies that meet the inclusion criteria. No language or publication date constraints will be applied. Articles that pass the two-stage screening process will then be assessed for risk of bias and have their reference lists hand searched.
A midwife’s practice can be influenced by education and cultural practices but ultimately it should be informed by up-to-date research evidence. By analysing and synthesising the results of the studies, this systematic review will provide valuable insight into high-quality evidence-based midwifery care, which can inform practice, education and future research.