Posts tagged: Mothers

From Romania with Neuromania

The Nobel Prize winners David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel demonstrated that kittens deprived of sensory input in one eye at birth remained permanently blind in that eye.  The story of a blind kitten certainly tugs at the heart strings, but Hubel and Weisel, did not only demonstrate the irreversibility of the damage in the shut… Read more »

Better safe than sorry? The case of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Picture perfect pregnancy Since the days when a pregnant Demi Moore posed proudly on the front cover of Vanity Fair, the media has bombarded us with images of what pregnancy should look like. Magazine covers display images of glowing women engaged in wholesome activities: drinking kale smoothies, attending yoga classes, or enjoying breezy countryside walks.… Read more »

Ethnographies of Early Intervention: Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition, and a case from Indonesia

Excerpt from the paper given at the Newton Fund Research Links workshop, held in Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia from August 28th to September 2nd 2016, and funded by the British Council. The value of ethnography for early intervention Over the past year, I have made a case for the value of qualitative methods to study early… Read more »

Rights, Choices and the Law: Reflections on the ‘Policing Pregnancy’ Conference

On Wednesday 13th April I was fortunate enough to attend ‘Policing Pregnancy: A one-day conference on maternal autonomy, risk and responsibility’, held at the Royal College of Physicians, London. The conference examined current behavioral advice given to pregnant women – particularly concerning alcohol consumption and obesity – and how this advice reflects a growing tendency… Read more »

Babies Behind Bars

How does spending the early years in prison impact upon a child’s life chances? And what are the alternatives? Prison Reform and the UK Government   A sad but true fact is that last year there were 100 babies in our county living in a prison […] When we know the importance of the early… Read more »