New research in Australia by Associate Professor Simone Dennis (Australian National University) came into light recently. He argued that teenagers “had read on packets that smoking can reduce the birth weight of your baby” – these teenagers were afraid of childbirth and it’s complications (Fenton 2016). They had concerns about giving birth to ‘large babies’ and hoped that smoking would help them deliver smaller babies as a result. The chemicals such as carbon monoxide from cigarettes mean that babies born to pregnant smokers are more likely to be around 8oz underweight, as well as having an increased risk of stillbirth or premature birth (NHS 2015).
As I have just finished studying for a degree in Communication and Media (and potentially considering studying for a Postgraduate), I wanted to broaden my research skills, which is why I applied to be a part of this project. I also thought that my experience of using platforms such as WordPress and Twitter would be beneficial to the research project as I can maintain the blog and Twitter page.