New mums asked to weigh in for research
New research is focusing on the experiences of fertility and maternity care provided to Auckland mums-to-be who have a high BMI (body mass index).
University of Auckland doctoral researcher Christy Parker is carrying out the study in response to a growing focus on women’s weight in Auckland’s fertility and maternity services.
This is seeing some women with a high BMI required to lose weight before they can access publicly funded fertility treatment.
There are also BMI cut-offs for access to some of the region’s birthing units, and the impending introduction of weight monitoring and healthy lifestyles programmes in maternity care.
Ms Parker is a registered midwife and a mum-to-be and is interested in how this increased focus on weight issues is affecting Auckland women who are trying to conceive, mums-to-be, or new mums.
‘‘Research shows that the voices of women themselves are sometimes left out of efforts to improve maternal and child health,’’ Ms Parker says.
‘‘The goal of this research is therefore to ensure larger women’s voices are part of changes to care that affect them and that they enjoy a high standard of fertility and maternity care.’’
Ms Parker would like to hear from women who are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant now, or have had a baby in the past few years to discuss their experiences of Auckland’s fertility or maternity services in relation to their weight.