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Perceptions of pregnancy-related risk in pregnant women, Midwives and obstetricians



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Speaker: Suzanne Lee

The Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Suzanne Lee from the Division of Midwifery and Radiography to discuss her research on the perceptions of pregnancy-related risk as part of the research seminar series.


The determination of risk in pregnancy is a complex process influenced by social and cultural factors.  How pregnant women perceive risk affects their decisions during pregnancy and labour. Discussion of risk often implies healthcare professionals have more objective, and patients more subjective, perceptions of risk. Existing research shows an inconsistent association between the risk perception of pregnant women and professionals but these studies are complicated by methodological issues. Differences in risk perception may result in misjudged and misinterpreted communication between women and professionals.

The aim of this study was to examine pregnancy-related risk perception in women and healthcare professionals, and to examine what women and professionals believe about each other’s risk perception.

Results demonstrated large individual and group differences in the perception of risk that challenge the stereotype that doctors perceive greater risk in pregnancy. Individuals cannot assume others share their perception of risk or that they make correct assessments regarding others’ risk perception. Further research should consider what factors are taken into account when making risk assessments.

About the speaker

Suzanne is a midwifery lecturer who joined City, University of London in 2013. Suzanne began her career as a mental health nurse. She then undertook a degree in Social Policy and a masters in Women's Studies which led to an interest in women's health issues. She undertook her midwifery training in Brighton and worked there in all areas of practice becoming the lead midwife for the antenatal clinic and day assessment unit. Following this, she was appointed lead research midwife for the NHS Trust. Her main area of interest is antenatal care and in particular midwifery care for women with high risk pregnancies. She is currently undertaking a PhD researching risk perception during pregnancy amongst pregnant women, midwives and obstetricians.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided from 12:45pm with the talk commencing at 1pm.

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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 21st May 2018

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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