The sad media stories about childbirth

two headed boyThere are many types of childbirth stories in the media. We all have seen stories about celebrities’ pregnancies, stories about the first baby born on Christmas day, stories about breast-feeding mother being told to leave a restaurant or public transport. There are also more factual statistical stories about birth rates and improving maternal mortality ratios. Today I came across a story of a deformed baby being born in Nepal. The English-language daily paper The Himalayan Times in Nepal carried a story of a woman who gave birth to a baby with two heads at the Hanumannagar Health Post of Saptari district two days ago. Unfortunately, the paper gave the woman’s name and age so little respect for the mother’s privacy.

Saptari woman gives birth to two-headed baby boy

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
CMMPH, Bournemouth University

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Hello, my name is Grace G and I will be one of the contributors to this blog. I am a seventeen-year-old A level student who hopes to study biomedicine at university in the near future as I hope to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently, I am studying Biology, chemistry, Geology and Maths. For a long time, I have had an interest in human health (some of my favourites being genomics, immunology and virology) and taking part in research has long since been something I’ve wished to take part in.

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How has the public’s perception of midwives changed over the last couple of decades, and how has this change been reflected in social media? This is one of many questions I anticipate answering during the Media and Midwifery research project being conducted at Bournemouth University- a project which I wanted to join as a research assistant to contribute towards filling a void caused by a lack of previous research surrounding the link between specifically social media and childbirth.Read More »

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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.

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