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Did you have a baby in the last 6 months?

Are you happy to share your experience of being offered vaccines in pregnancy?

Study aims
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If you recently had a baby, we want to understand your experiences of being offered vaccines in your pregnancy, and what could be improved.

  • Did you know what vaccines were recommended during your pregnancy?

  • Did you have enough information about them?

  • Did you feel respected for any questions you had, or decisions you made?

  • How easy was it to get a vaccine if you chose to have any?

The MAVIS Study aims to find out how to improve healthcare and equality of treatment around vaccination in pregnancy.


That starts by listening to mothers and parents across the country, by gathering hundreds of experiences to understand what could be made better.

Watch this video to find out what's involved:


In this video, Emma introduces the MAVIS Study and talks to two of the project's community advisors – Sharron and Naomi – about what it means to be involved.

Who can take part
We want to hear from you if you had a baby within the last 6 months and you live in one of the following areas (shown in yellow on the maps below):

Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Lancashire, South Cumbria, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, Birmingham & Solihull, Northamptonshire, North Central or East London

We are especially keen to hear from you if you:

  • were not sure about having vaccines when you were pregnant

  • would describe yourself as Black, South Asian, or another minority ethnicity

  • don’t normally take part in research

Who can take part?

How it works

How it works

Online survey:

  • We are inviting you to fill in our anonymous online survey - it takes up to 20 minutes to complete

  • We offer a £10 Love2Shop voucher for your time 

  • We hope to have over 400 new mothers represented in our results. Please tell your friends!

If you don't like filling in online surveys, we could arrange to have a chat instead. Get in touch with Emma on the contact details below.

Have a chat:
  • We also want to talk with 20 to 30 mothers and parents about their experiences in more detail

  • This means arranging to have a recorded 45 minute conversation (via Zoom, phone or in person)

  • We offer a £20 shopping voucher (Love2Shop) for the time taken

  • There is an option within the survey to be added to our contact list if you would be interested in having a chat as well.

Watch this video to answer your questions about taking part:

This is a video version of the information provided on the first page of the online survey to read before taking part.


It answers questions about what taking part in the survey means, including details of how we use and protect the data, study funding, approvals and consent.

The study team

The study team

Dr Emma Anderson,
Study leader

Emma is a Health Psychologist and Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, with over 15 years’ experience in NHS-based research.

“I believe every woman should have an equal right to choose to have (or not to have), the vaccinations recommended in pregnancy.

If you are Black, South Asian, or another minoritised ethnicity you are less likely to receive any vaccines in your pregnancy.


Your chance of receiving pregnancy vaccines also varies hugely depending on where you live in England.


This seems unfair and is the reason I set up the MAVIS Study. I want to see what could be made better”


The study advisory group

"We are proud to be part of the MAVIS Study"

This study has been developed with support from a community advisory group of mothers based in Bristol, which includes (pictured from left to right, top row first): Naomi Conteh, Samira Musse, Folake Owolabi, Evelyn Schiller (co-facilitator); Sharron Smith and Nasra Gedi, plus another member from Bangladesh who chose not to be featured on this website.

The community advisory group has worked with Emma to help design the project, develop the questions to ask and the study information that you see.


The group continues to be involved in shaping the study through regular consultation meetings, helping with recruitment and interpreting and presenting the results.

The study supervisory team

The study is overseen by a team of experienced research leaders at the University of Bristol: Dr Christie Cabral, Senior Research Fellow and supervisory lead; Professor Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics; Professor Jenny Ingram, Professor of Maternal and Infant Health and Professor Pete Blair, Professor of Epidemiology and Statistics.


Contact Emma:


This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (doctoral fellowship award number NIHR300914 with extra funding from the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Behavioural Science and Evaluation community involvement scheme 2021). The University of Bristol is sponsor. The study has been reviewed and approved by the London–Fulham Research Ethics Committee (ref: 22/PR/1166). The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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