PPPI means talking to and supporting individual parents, and also the organisations that support them through pregnancy and birth, to ensure the priorities and concerns of parents are included in research projects that may affect the care they receive. PPPI also contributes to the research results being shared in a way that is accessible to parents as well as clinical audiences.
I've been a journalist and an antenatal teacher. My interest in maternity research was sparked by the training and support I received from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) after the birth of my three sons, and I went on to complete a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health at the University of Leeds. I was a parent representative on the INFANT
trial looking at computerised interpretation of the fetal heart rate during labour.