Research and engagement

Project aims & objectives

WRISK values

WRISK study design

The WRISK project is underpinned by principles of co-production and public engagement. Our methodology combines four core strands.

Project beginnings

In 2017, bpas hosted a workshop which brought together stakeholders interested in women’s sexual and reproductive health to discuss the impact of public health messages on women’s experiences of pregnancy. The group recognised that information and conversations about decisions in pregnancy can provide an invaluable guide to aid women’s decision-making. Many felt that current approaches are not doing enough to protect women’s autonomy in decision-making, and that women are not getting all the information they need to allow them to weigh up and evaluate different sorts of risks.

Stakeholders also tended to feel that not enough attention is being paid to the possible negative impact of risk messages.  Public health messages directed towards women, whilst important and vital, may be inadvertently under-emphasising the impact of a woman’s surroundings, social networks, and the availability of health services on her pregnancy.

These problems may be undermining the effectiveness and credibility of public health messaging, and it was recommended research be undertaken which draws on women’s experiences of risk messages relating to pregnancy.

The WRISK project is inclusive of trans, non-binary and intersex people. For this reason, the project team will always refer to individuals according to their self-determined gender. We tend to use the words ‘woman/women’ for convenience, as the great majority of people covered by the WRISK research self-identify as women. However, the WRISK project is inclusive of everyone who has been pregnant in the past five years; regardless of their gender identification. This includes trans men and non-binary individuals. If you have any questions about this please contact the research team.

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