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Weighting experience: findings from qualitative interviews with parents of...
Thu 23 March 2017, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT
Weighting experience: findings from qualitative interviews with parents of babies born small
Speaker: Dr Susanna Rance
When designing interventions to prevent low birth-weight and its consequences, what can we learn from the narratives of parents whose babies were born small? The Low Birth-Weight in Newham study included semi-structured interviews with 17 mothers and 4 fathers of babies who were clinically assessed as preterm, small for gestational age or constitutionally small. This presentation focuses on five cases from our ethnically and socially diverse sample. We show some initial findings from interviewees’ narratives regarding the value they gave to different elements of their experience, and their readiness to understand and deal with issues concerning infant weight and feeding.
This research, carried out in 2015-17, was funded by the Guttmann Academic Partnership hosted by UCL Partners.
Susanna Rance is a sociologist and qualitative researcher with an interest in gender studies and participatory methodologies. She joined IHHD in 2015 to lead the mixed-methods project “Low Birth-Weight in Newham: Definitions, Antecedents and Consequences“. Susanna worked at King’s College London and Plymouth University on three NIHR-funded organisational case studies on women’s birth choices (Birthplace in England), midwife-led birth centres, and emergency department decision-making. She has an international background as researcher, lecturer and consultant in areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender and development studies. Susanna’s doctoral thesis in Sociology (Trinity College Dublin, 2003) was on Bolivian hospital doctors’ changing voices about abortion, and their treatment of women hospitalised with abortion complications. Based for many years in Bolivia, Susanna had an advocacy role in women’s health campaigns which influenced population and development policy at national and international levels.