Understanding and improving the communication of risk relating to pregnancy

The team

Clare Murphy
Clare Murphy

Director of External Affairs, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Clare Murphy is Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and the Principal Investigator of WRISK. Clare runs the communications department at bpas, which is responsible for the charity’s advocacy, campaigns, media work, and education programmes.  She is also a board member of the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ECEC), which works to expand knowledge about and access to EC within the European region. Before joining bpas in 2010 Clare worked for the BBC as a health and science journalist, with a particular interest in women’s health.

Heather Trickey
Heather Trickey

Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Heather is the Research Lead for WRISK. Her research focuses on public health policy in relation to parenthood. Her methodological interests include participatory methods, realist synthesis, intervention development and process evaluation. Her substantive focus is infant feeding policy, public health message communication, and peer support intervention.

Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders

Professor of Clinical Nursing and Midwifery, Cardiff University

Prior to her current appointment Julia was a Consultant Midwife in Cardiff and for 10 years ran the ‘Birth Choices’ clinics for women to discuss and plan their antenatal and labour care. She has plenty of experience of caring for women who have declined recommended care and is aware of challenges in balancing the views of individual women toward risk with professional responsibilities to provide information on risks in pregnancy.  Julia has a Masters degree in Public Health,  a Masters degree in Medical Law, and extensive experience in the management of large and complex pregnancy related research studies.
Rebecca Blaylock
Rebecca Blaylock

Research and Engagement Officer, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Rebecca Blaylock is Research and Engagement Officer at bpas and supports the WRISK leadership team across all work packages. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Imperial College London, and an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Rebecca has held several roles at higher education institutions in research, community engagement, and widening participation. She is passionate about a rights-based approach to all aspects of sexual and reproductive health.

Olivia Marshall
Olivia Marshall

Press and Campaigns Officer, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Olivia works on campaigns at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, with a particular focus on communications and public engagement. Her research for WRISK concerns the risk landscape as communicated by mainstream UK media outlets. Olivia is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Public Health at King’s College London, having earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge.

WRISK Co-Investigators

The following partners supported the WRISK team on the funding proposal and form the project oversight committee: Dame Cathy Warwick; Rebecca Brione, Birthrights; Jane Fisher, Antenatal Results and Choices; Caitlin Dean, Pregnancy Sickness Support; Sarah McMullen, NCT; Irene Petersen, University College London; Amber Marshall, Big Birthas; Fiona Wollard, Southampton University; and Julie Bishop, Public Health Wales.

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