The SAMMI Study


We are collaborating with several hospitals and with SANDS to try and improve the way that women who have experienced stillbirth are cared for, both during delivery and afterwards. Before you decide whether or not to receive more information about this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us (contact information below) if there is anything that is not clear.


What is the study looking at?


Stillbirth is a difficult experience for women and their partners. We believe that some women may experience anxiety and depression after the loss of their baby. There is almost no research looking at these illnesses, and little is known about the different factors that may lead to an increased risk of developing these illnesses after experiencing a stillbirth. We think it is vital to talk to women who have experienced a stillbirth so that we can improve our knowledge of what is important to them, and improve the help and support that is offered. If you decide to take part, you would be interviewed by one of our researchers at about 3 and 6 months after stillbirth, and would also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires at these points in time.


Who can take part in the study?


Women who have experienced a stillbirth at 24 weeks of pregnancy or later, within the last three months, can take part in the study. Women who are currently pregnant cannot participate in this study.

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you would like to receive more information, please complete your contact details, sign the two consent forms (download below) and return both forms directly to our study office.  Alternatively you can email one of us. When we have received your forms, we will send you more detailed information by post. If you do join the study, you would be free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. A decision to withdraw at any time or not to take part, will not affect the standard of care you receive. 

Because we are based in Oxford, we personally visit you for interviews if you live in the general area as follows: north as far as Warwick and Northampton; east as far as Milton Keynes and High Wycombe; south as far as Swindon and Reading; west as far as Bristol. If you live outside this area, we would offer you telephone interviews instead.


Click to download a consent form to be sent more details about joining the study.