BaBi Wakefield

Mum and baby

BaBi Wakefield

Born and bred in Wakefield BaBi Wakefield (Born and Bred in Wakefield) is an exciting new research initiative which aims to create a picture of local people’s health and lifestyles over time. It uses research to help identify how we might create a healthier environment for families across Wakefield District to enjoy.

Starting during pregnancy, local data which is routinely collected about you and your child is linked together to provide a wider picture of the factors affecting your family’s health and wellbeing. This includes health, social and educational sources of data.

Researchers use the collated data from all the participants to investigate key questions around the health of people living in Wakefield District, looking for ways in which we could make improvements to help local people. Over time, this will provide a really useful insight to help inform the future development of local services. Participants may also be invited to help with other research studies on particular issues.

The concept started in Bradford, where it is known as Born in Bradford (BiB4ALL).

This short video was produced with families in Bradford. It explains how the research study works and what the benefits have been for local families. 

We are excited to announce that BaBi Wakefield will be ready to start collecting data about participants in early 2022.

Our priorities

To build a local resource for future research and contribute to the development of local, regional and national resources in maternal and child health and wellbeing.

  • To look for patterns which may help identify early indications on poor health and wellbeing.
  • To link together data which is routinely collected by multiple services.
  • To investigate how the health and wellbeing of mothers and children develops over time.
  • To share information with all women booking maternity services in Wakefield District.
  • To include more women in BaBi Wakefield every year.