Born and Bred In (BaBi)

The Born and Bred in (BaBi) project is a network of local electronic birth cohort studies. BaBi sites invite pregnant women to join the project and allow health researchers to join together routinely collected data about them and their baby to help to shape local services, creating a healthier and happier environment for families.

Welcome to BaBi Harrogate!

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust cares for the population in Harrogate and the local area as well as across North Yorkshire and Leeds. We also provide children’s services in the North East in County Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Gateshead and Sunderland.

The Maternity Unit at Harrogate District Hospital provides care for approximately 1700 births annually and we welcome people from Harrogate and from the surrounding areas to have care with us.

Our aim is to work in partnership, to provide women and their family with a safe, friendly and effective service, aiming to deliver the highest standard of care throughout pregnancy, birth and during the first few weeks following baby’s birth. The maternity department is responsible for providing all care to pregnant women and birthing people, and providing support for their families throughout the pregnancy and birth continuum. The department includes hospital and community based midwifery services.

Maternity Services is part of the Planned and Surgical Care Directorate at the Trust. The Planned and Surgical Care Directorate is responsible for delivering high quality and effective midwifery, nursing and medical care to patients within the hospital base, out-patients and community settings.

Born and Bred in Harrogate (BaBi Harrogate

Born and Bred in Harrogate is a project being run by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and is part of a group of ‘Born and Bred in (BaBi)’ research projects about families and children to help us learn more about how families in our local area and beyond can live healthier, happier lives.

BaBi Harrogate aims to work in partnership to provide a safe, friendly and effective service, aiming to deliver the highest standard of care throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. 

How does it work 

Women booked for maternity care at Harrogate District Hospital will be invited to become part of the study by one of our midwives during routine antenatal appointments. If happy to participate, health researchers will join data about mother and child, looking into ways to improve healthcare and services through research and planning in Harrogate and beyond. 

If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please click here.

For more information on the BaBi project visit