As we approach Mother's Day, a time typically associated with daffodils and breakfast-in-bed, Alison Perry, research midwife at Imperial College, has some questions about being a mother. Read on to join the discussion...
Alison has been a midwife in west London for 17 years and is currently being funded by the National Institute of Health Research to develop her PhD project. Her area of interest is women as mothers.
In Alison’s midwifery experience, she has found pregnancy care to be both bio-medical and birth-centric in its approach. Little attention seems to have been given to the central fact of the woman becoming a mother. Little in maternity services is built around this major life transition. Maybe we need to talk more about being mothers.
Over the next year, Alison is engaging with multiple groups of people to gather ideas about women as mothers to inform the direction of her project, with the wider goal of improving the way that society and maternity services support women. This is one of those events. This discussion will inform the direction of her PhD project and potentially guide the way in which we direct and develop maternity services.
Join the conversation
Who should take part in the conversation?
Alison wants to hear from a wide range of people from across society, mothers or not!
How can I take part in the conversation?
Leave a comment at the bottom of this page. There are no wrong or stupid answers! Alison wants to hear a wide range of views so please do share your thoughts and ideas on each of these questions.
Alison will be online on Thursday 28th (12-1pm) and Friday 29th (3-4pm) to answer any questions directly.
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