Published: 17 November 2020

ESRC Festival of Social Science: Becoming a Parent in a Pandemic

Earlier this month, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, Surrey’s Dr Ranjana Das and Dr Paul Hodkinson held the well-attended event, Becoming a Parent in a Pandemic.


Becoming a parent in a pandemic
Becoming a Parent in a Pandemic: online event

The event drew upon Paul and Ranjana’s joint research and showcased eight external speakers from leading practitioner, policy and public avenues. Contributors came from the National Childbirth Trust, the Institute of Health Visiting, Dorset MIND, The Fatherhood Institute, PND Hour, the Lancashire NHS Trust and the ROSHNI2 project, as well as the University of Surrey, Bournemouth University and the University of East Anglia.

The event had approximately 300 attendees on the day and generated a significant amount of live audience engagement and social media feedback using the hashtag #FOSSParents2020. 

The event is part of a wider project, funded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award, in partnership with the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Pooling together academic research and professional expertise in the area of mental health support for new parents, the team will develop resources for parents and practitioners to better support perinatal mental health over the course of 2020 and 2021. 

Regarding the event, Dr Ranjana Das and Dr Paul Hodkinson commented: “The degree of interest in this event demonstrates how intensely and widely the impacts of the pandemic and related measures have impacted those becoming new parents in 2020.

“We hope this event helped further stimulate ongoing public discussions around better supporting those becoming parents in a pandemic."

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