Janine Smith, Latest Posts, Research

SHAPES research study

If you are pregnant or you are a new mum, would you like to provide feedback and help with a new maternity research study? SHAPES is aiming to identify which women might benefit from additional care during pregnancy. 

As someone who is using, or who has recently used, maternity services, your input and experience is invaluable to help the study be more effective.

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What is the SHAPES research study?

Maternity units currently use BMI to identify which women might need additional care during pregnancy. But BMI cannot tell how much fat tissue someone has or where it is stored. The SHAPES study aims to explore whether other measurements work better than BMI to identify who would benefit the most from additional care during pregnancy.

You can read more on the SHAPES website.

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How can you help?

We need two pregnant women or new mums to take part in the next steering group meeting, which updates and discusses the SHAPES study.

Being able to contribute your perspective, experience and understanding adds real value to the study and to the researchers.

What does it involve?

  • The next steering group meeting is being held over Zoom on September 21, 11am-1pm.
  • There will also be a short Zoom chat with me and the researcher before and after the steering group meeting so you can ask questions and then have a debrief.
  • You will receive up to £150 in e-vouchers as a thank you for your time.

As an expectant or new mum, your involvement is so valuable to research, it makes such a difference to researchers and to each step of the study.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to be involved in this steering group meeting.

Thank you.

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An experienced specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting, I have worked with parents since 2002. I am based in the North East so I regularly work with parents from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and across North Tyneside. Face-to-face sessions will continue with North East parents but digital courses and online sessions means I can work with parents everywhere.