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The theoretical conceptualisation of pregnancy and motherhood as an opportunity for health behaviour change: a patient and public collaboration.

18 December 2020 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This webinar is free to attend and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for information.
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This two-hour webinar will bring together experience and knowledge of behaviour change in pregnancy.

The webinar aims to share expertise and research on the theoretical conceptualisation of behaviour change and the opportunity that pregnancy presents. A number of people including academics, health professionals, pregnant and postnatal women and commissioners will share their thoughts, experience and research around the idea of pregnancy being a teachable moment.

The webinar will end with time for questions and a network of people interested in working further on this idea for future work will be formed. An interactive session with structured activities will be organised in early 2021 to further discuss plans for a research grant application, peer reviewed publication and public engagement event.


10:00 Welcome to the webinar and introduction to the idea of pregnancy as a teachable moment –Dr Debbie Smith, The University of Manchester.
10:20 Views from stakeholders including a midwife, commissioner and pregnant women
10:40 The teachable moment in pregnancy: Developing a theoretical understanding – Lauren Rockliffe, The University of Manchester
11:00 The teachable moment after birth: The role of the GP – Dr Sarah Peters, The University of Manchester
11:20 The teachable moment: Thinking about partners – Dr Zoe Darwin, The University of Huddersfield
11:40 Question and answer session – Professor Abigail Locke, Keele University.


Learning outcomes

  1. Gain an understanding of pregnancy as a teachable moment and explore the opportunity for behaviour change through presentations of current research and the experiences of numerous stakeholders.
  2. Provide an opportunity to ask questions and establish a network of people interested in working together further.



Dr Debbie Smith, Lecturer in Health Psychology and Health Psychologist, The University of Manchester. https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/Debbie.Smith-2.html

Lauren Rockliffe, MRC PhD student at The University of Manchester. https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/lauren.rockliffe.html

Dr Sarah Peters, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Health Psychologist, The University of Manchester. https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/Sarah.Peters.html

Dr Zoe Darwin, Reader in Health Research, The University of Huddersfield. https://pure.hud.ac.uk/en/persons/zoe-darwin

Professor Abigail Locke, Head of School of  Psychology, Keele University. https://www.keele.ac.uk/psychology/people/

There also be views from stakeholders including a midwife, commissioner and pregnant women will also be shared in the webinar.


Registration is FREE and available online only.

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Joining instructions will be sent the day prior to the event, these will be sent to your BPS registered email address.

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