Last baby for Born in Bradford recruitment study
The Born in Bradford project hit a new milestone on June 2, 2011,
when Jacob Joseph Robinson was born.
Baby Jacob weighed 9lbs 13ozs and is the final addition to the Born
in Bradford (BiB) community, taking the total number of BiB babies to
around 14,000, which includes 170 sets of twins and three sets of
Jacob may be the last child to join the project but is the first
child for proud parents, Nicola and Duncan Robinson. Nicola and
Duncan have only been in Bradford for four years but are very excited
to be living here and to be involved in this unique study.
Nicola had no hesitation in agreeing to join the project when asked.
She was only too pleased to join a study that uses the information
given by parents to help to improve the health of babies and children
in the future. Like every other mum, Nicola’s wish for Jacob is for a
happy and healthy future.
Getting all the families recruited into the Born in Bradford
programme has been a big job, the team at the Bradford Royal Infirmary
(BRI) Maternity Unit have worked hard to make sure this is one of the
biggest studies of its kind in the world.
Their job has been made easier by the support and enthusiasm BiB has
had from mums-to-be who, like Nicola, want to do all they can to help
improve babies health.
Mr Derek Tuffnell, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the
BRI’s Maternity Unit, said: ‘It’s really exciting that we now have such
a large number of participants in the study.
"We can now start to use the data we have gathered and the follow up
of the mothers and children to consider the causes and outcomes of
"I am particularly interested in finding out the impact that having
diabetes in pregnancy has on women and their babies, both in the short
and in the long term and also in identifying the reasons
for differences in the size of babies at birth and the impact that has
Professor Neil Small of Bradford University’s School of Health
Research said: "Even though we are not recruiting any new people to
Born in Bradford we will continue to collect new information about the
families in the study.
"Researchers, both here and around the country, are working hard to
analyse all the information given by the mums and dads and all the
details collected about their babies. As time passes there will be many
more studies looking at how the BiB babies are getting on.
"We will rely on the continuing support from families who have been
generous with their time and willing to share their experiences and
answer our questions. They are vital to a study that will follow up our
BiB babies through their childhood and, in so doing, learn things that
will help improve health in the city and beyond."
The Robinson family are now looking forward to meeting lots of other
BiB families when they attend this year’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic on July
15 in Lister Park from 11.30am to 2.00pm.