In this blog, written for women, health professionals, policy makers and commissioners, Rachel Plachcinski and Ngawai Moss discuss the lack of evidence for planning pregnancy and maternity care for women with two or more long term health conditions. They explore women’s experiences through their pregnancy journeys: identifying challenges and gaps in understanding, plus what matters to women during pregnancy when living with long term health conditions.
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Rachel’s interest in perinatal health research started when she trained as an antenatal teacher with the National Childbirth Trust, the UK’s largest birth and parenting charity, after having her own babies. She went on to study psychology (BSc) and Psychological Approaches to Health (MSc) at the University of Leeds. She ran NCT antenatal courses for many years and is now a breastfeeding peer supporter. Rachel’s first experience of a research project was being a parent rep and co-investigator on INFANT (Computerised Interpretation of Fetal heart rate during labour: a randomised controlled trial). Her current projects involve being lay co-lead for parent, patient and public involvement at the Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care at NPEU, University of Oxford, and leading on parent involvement for the Birth Timing 2 project at City, University of London. Rachel has been a Cochrane consumer for several years and is a member of the Consumer Network Executive.