Reflections of experts by experience and research team members on research and development about a sensitive issue that attracts stigma

Helen Howlett*, Maria Catterick, Charlotte, Cox Karen, Cheyenne, Franklin Onukwugha, Helen Roberts, Judith Dyson, Lesley Smith

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Abstract

To reduce the number of alcohol-exposed pregnancies in antenatal care in the UK, the CHAMPION study objective was to design appropriate training and resources to develop the midwifery skills and confidence required to have an effective conversation about alcohol with pregnant women. Women with lived experience of drinking during pregnancy and ‘birth mums’ of a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) were central to the co-creation process of the CHAMPION study. Some remarkable unintended positive outcomes resulted from this collaboration process for the women involved. They include increased confidence levels from newfound friendships with other mothers of children with FASD, and an acceptance that societal influences had a significant role to play in their personal situations. Reflecting on this authentic co-creation process has elicited important learning outcomes to inform future research design. The significance of excellent communication channels, robust support networks and genuinely valuing and respecting experts by experience as equal partners should not be underestimated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalResearch for All
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2023

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