About the Project
This exciting proposal will provide opportunity for a midwife with an interest in obesity, with the opportunity to study a full time/ part time PhD.
The number of pregnant women with a BMI>35kg/m2 in the UK is on the increase, with associated complications for both mother and infant. Health policies in the UK label pregnant women with a BMI>35kg/m2 as high-risk of developing obstetric complications and are responding to the obesity problem through introducing policies designed to regulate the obese pregnant body. Captured within this viewpoint, is an assumption that women will accept that having a BMI > 35kg/m2 is harmful and as such they will respond positively to advice and recommended interventions. Pregnancy is thought to offer “teachable moments” and is considered an ideal opportunity for behaviour change. Yet, randomized controlled trials (RCT’s) that have examined behavioural change interventions offered to obese women, generally report poor uptake . Also, lack of risk communication by health care professionals may indicate that size and pregnancy are normal. This can lead to disparity between actual clinical diagnosis of being obese and an inability to self-identify with the label, with many women refusing to associate themselves with the biomedical obesity label, or the culturally imposed image of obesity. This questions how public health iniatives can be successful in this context. Potential disconnection between perceptions of size and reality could be relevant for developing maternity care strategies that are designed to raise awareness of self as obese and reduce risk for pregnant women with high BMI’s. A limited body of work has looked at pregnant women’s with a BMI>35kg/m2 self-perceptions of size. How to overcome this incongruence between ‘ideal self’ and ‘real self’ in relation to having a high BMI and how to improve outcomes requires further research attention.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in midwifery and with evidence of post graduate study.Required to be a midwife currently registered with the Nursing and Midwfery Council (NMC), with a good fundamental knowledge of obesity.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
· Experience of fundamental clinical research, ideally in the area of childbirth and obesity
· Competent in computer skills and academic writing skills
· Knowledge of childbirth and obesity
· Good written and oral communication skills
· Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
· Good time management
Evidence of post graduate study
Please quote reference SHSC0025 on your application
• Completed application form
• 2 academic references, using the Postgraduate Educational Reference Form (Found on the application process page)
• A personal research statement (This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of
what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction.)
• Evidence of proficiency in English (if appropriate)
Why not add a message here
Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.
Based on your current search criteria we thought you might be interested in these.