Researchers from across the globe met in Prague recently to discuss early labour research and to plan an international collaborative study. The group has been meeting regularly since 2008 and produced a number of collaborative papers, including a special issue of Midwifery dedicated to early labour and guest edited by two of the team. The meeting was timely given the recent ACOG guideline, related to re-framing established labour at 6cm cervical dilatation.
- Meta-synthesis on women’s experiences of early labour – Tine Eri (Vestfold University College, Norway)
- Clinical midwives and early labour – Viola Nyman (University of Gotherberg, Sweden)
- Role of media and women’s behaviours in early labour – Vanora Hundley (Bournemouth University, UK) also on behalf of Helen Cheyne (University of Stirling, UK)
- Early labour triage service on the experiences of women, partners and midwives – Marie Nott (University of Southampton, UK)
- Scoping Review of definitions of early labour onset and validation of the prediction tool – Patti Janssen (University of British Colombia, Canada)
- Women’s perceptions of pre-hospital labour duration – Patti Janssen (University of British Colombia, Canada)
Opportunities for future collaboration were discussed and projects were identified that could involve a number of settings. The potential for a fit with European Union funding will be explored. Virtual collaboration will continue with the next face to face meeting to be held at Grange-over-Sands, immediately prior to the Normal Birth Conference 2015.