Eating Behaviours Researcher Needs You!

Hi everyone! A new day dawns, and a new research proposal is coming your way! Today it’s the turn of Helen Parsons, an eating behaviours researchers at Birmingham City University, who needs your help and insight. I’ll let her explain more:

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Hi, I’m Helen, a mum of two and a Doula who is undertaking a PhD at Birmingham City University researching eating behaviours during pregnancy and early motherhood. I would like to hear about your experiences during pregnancy by taking part in an online interview.

A bit about me

I have two teenage boys and have had a difficult relationship with food since I was a teenager myself and my weight has been yo-yoing throughout my life. I am passionate about supporting women, especially during pregnancy, and understand the challenges pregnancy can bring whilst navigating maternity services, especially with a higher BMI.

About my PhD

As a Doula, I know how the approaches and language used by maternity services providers can impact on pregnant women and my work has drawn me to investigating this area for my PhD. I am part of BCU’s Applied Mindfulness in Health and Eating lab (find out more about our research here). As part of my PhD I hope to develop an intervention to provide tools for women who would like help with their relationship with food, not just during pregnancy but to take forward after having their baby. I aim to develop mindful eating practices specifically for women during pregnancy and after which will support both mental and physical health and wellbeing.

What will you need to do?

Take part in a one to one online interview via Microsoft Teams.

How much time is involved?

Up to 45 minutes.


Anytime to suit you – daytime, evenings or weekends

Do I need to arrange childcare?

No. I am happy for your baby or child to be with you during the interview and I am very used
to interviewing with young children present.

Yes! I want to take part, what now?

Great! Please email me at

Thanks Helen! As is often the case with PhD research, there’s no funding available to reimburse your time – but if you were able to volunteer 45 minutes to speak to Helen, I know she’d be really grateful!

Leave a reply here to get involved!