University of Bristol


The University of Bristol has had a reputation for innovation since its founding in 1876. Its research tackles some of the world’s most pressing issues in areas as diverse as infection and immunity, human rights, climate change, and cryptography and information security. The university currently has 40 Fellows of the Royal Society and 13 of the British Academy – a remarkable achievement for a relatively small institution – and is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK, ranked within the top 5% of universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2019. It is ranked among the top 40 universities in the world and in the UK’s top five for research.

The University of Bristol’s role in the project is to lead work package 3. It is the UK site for the trial and will lead the implementation planning work for the EU study.

Dr Christy Burden

Principal Investigator (PI) and WP3 Leader

Christy is an Academic Consultant Senior Clinical Lecturer with an interest in maternal medicine, simulation/ medical education, high-risk pregnancies and perinatal loss in the Academic Centre for Women's Health at the University of Bristol and Southmead Hospital. She is currently the Director of Trainee Research for Children and Women's Health at North Bristol NHS Trust and the Reproductive Health and Childbirth CRN Speciality Lead for the West of England. Christy has a strong track record in simulation/medical education and more recently stillbirth research. She has received both regional and national awards for her work. Her role in the Bump project is to lead the clinical trial in the UK site and identify barriers to delivery.


Dr Anna Davies

Research Team

Anna is a Health Psychologist and Health Services Researcher with an interest in maternal health, pregnancy, behaviour change interventions and implementation science. Anna is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Academic Child Health at the University of Bristol, and in the Women and Children’s Research department at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. Anna has worked in the development and delivery of several trials of healthcare interventions, and is an experienced qualitative researcher, investigating intervention development and barriers and facilitators to behaviour change in healthcare. Anna is co-lead of the Health Psychology Interventions Group at the University of Bristol. Her role in the Bump2Baby and Me project is to conduct the qualitative interviews and survey with clinicians to inform understanding of local context and barriers to trial delivery.