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The 2018 BMJ research paper of the year award was won by the BUMPES trial conducted by The Epidural and Position Trial Collaborative Group. Professor Peter Brocklehurst, the Chief Investigator, was at the NPEU when the trial was designed and NPEU staff were involved in the design, conduct and statistical and economic analysis.

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The trial investigated whether lying down or being upright during the second stage of labour made a difference to the need for a caesarean section or the use of instruments (forceps and ventouse) during vaginal delivery for women having their first baby with a low-dose epidural.

Find out more (Nuffield Department of Population Health website)