Women & Children's Health Research Unit Team

The Unit consists of two main teams - the PErinatal cAre and Reproductive Loss (PEARL) Research Team and the PROMPT Maternity Foundation (PMF).

The PErinatal cAre and Reproductive Loss (PEARL) Research Team is led by Mr Dimitrios Siassakos. The team’s key aim is to conduct studies to understand and improve outcomes of women in any stage of their obstetric journey; from women with recurrent miscarriage and implantation to follow up care after a stillbirth.

PEARL currently holds grants for research into:

  • bereavement care
  • the involvement of parents in perinatal mortality reviews
  • gastric banding and pregnancy
  • training for safer operative vaginal births
  • the economical and psychosocial impact of stillbirth.

However, the team is constantly expanding into other areas, such as maternal medicine, simulation training and, most recently, the development a Core Outcome Set (COS) for bereavement care research after stillbirth, in collaboration with a number of national initiatives. Our research is entirely funded by grants and charitable donations.

PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) is an evidence based multi-professional training package for obstetric emergencies. It is associated with direct improvements in perinatal outcome and has been proven to improve knowledge, clinical skills and team working both nationally and internationally.

PMF is a multi-professional group of obstetricians, midwives and anaesthetists, and led by our Professor Tim Draycott. PMF strives to make childbirth safer through training, education and research and aims to make evidence based multi-professional obstetric emergencies training available to all.

For further information regarding PMF, please visit www.promptmaternity.org

Our staff  work in close collaboration with University partners, such as the University of Bristol, as well as a number of other NHS Trusts. It also has fundamental links with organisations such as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the National Simulation Network, International Stillbirth Alliance, and many more.

Meet the team


Professor Timothy Draycott
Mr Dimitrios Siassakos

Women and Children’s Research Unit Manager

Laura Timlin
Laura project manages some of our current projects, as well as facilitating the development of non-commercial, national portfolio funding bids to support the delivery of future research projects within the Unit. She also coordinates Public and Patient Involvement activities for research grants; helping ensure research material is accessible to a lay audience.