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COVID-PREP: COVID-19 Pregnancy Testing Programme

We're looking at how COVID-19 has affected pregnancy in the Liverpool City Region. The University of Liverpool is interested in the wellbeing of pregnant women in our population.


COVID-PREP is a community-based study looking at COVID-19 in pregnancy – in particular who has got COVID-19 and how it has affected their pregnancy and general health and wellbeing. 

We are focusing on pregnant women in our Liverpool City Region who have booked for their maternity care to be provided at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

We will access some of the blood sample each of these women have provided around the time of booking to test for the presence of coronavirus (also known as SARS-CoV-2).  We will also link this with their routine health information so that we can see how their pregnancy has progressed. 

All women would be eligible to be included in the study, excluding those who have actively ‘opted-out’ of the local trust Privacy Notice. 

All data and samples used as part of this study will be fully anonymised.

Chief Investigator: Professor Louise Kenny.

Sponsor: University of Liverpool

Funder: This study is funded by Liverpool COVID-19 Partnership Strategic Research Fund. Original funding sources include the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections (HPRU EZI), the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research (CEIDR) and the Alder Hey Charity. We also acknowledge support of Liverpool Health Partners and the Liverpool-Malawi-Covid-19 Consortium.

Study Management: Harris Wellbeing of Women Research Centre in collaboration with the Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology & Immunology.

Status: In Set-up

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