Reproduction Research Group
The Reproduction Research Group at De Montfort University is a multi-disciplinary group based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The group has representation from sociology, anthropology, biomedicine, psychology, nursing and midwifery.
Academic staff and research students aligned with the reproduction group have a wide range of research interests relating to the broad area of reproductive and women’s health. Research funding sources include the ESRC, NIHR and the charitable sector.
Areas of past and present research include:
- Social aspects of infertility and assisted conception
- Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
- Men, in/fertilities and reproductive technologies
- Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
- Women’s experiences of social egg freezing
- Gay men, surrogacy and fatherhood
- The reproductive health and well-being of lesbians
- The independent midwife
- The social, psychological and spiritual context of childbearing and women’s reproductive health
- The management of labour
- The role of fathers in neo-natal care
- The experiences of pregnant women who are obese
- The experiences of parents with disabilities in maternity services
- Mitochondrial replacement techniques
- Gay and lesbian parenting
- Legal regulation and bioethical issues of reproductive technologies
- Men and reproductive timings
- Surrogacy in the UK and abroad
- Cross border reproductive travel
The group meets every month for seminars, reading groups and and business meetings. To find out more about our meetings contact Reproduction Research Group lead Dr Nicky Hudson.
The Reproduction Research GroupLed by: Dr Nicky Hudson
T:+44 (0)116 2078766
Most projects have a strong applied focus, designed to impact policy, service delivery and quality of care in reproductive health and the education of healthcare professionals.
The Reproduction Research Group works collaboratively with several other academic research groups and centres nationally and internationally. We also collaborate with colleagues across De Montfort University including the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, the Mary Seacole Research Centre and the Health Policy Research Unit.
The group also offers consultancy services in the field of reproduction. Read more about our consultancy work here.
On Thursday 29th May postgraduate students from the Reproduction Research Group hosted a postgraduate conference on ‘The Sociology of Technologically Mediated Reproduction’ funded by the British Sociological Association. Click here for more information about this event and to learn more about the new postgraduate network 'Postgraduate Social Scientists in Assisted Reproduction' (PG-SSiAR).