During our Final Event weekend in York (#parentsdoscience), we invited everyone to contribute to our Hands poster that asked “What are you itching to do now?”. Anyone could write anything at any time, and so we ended up with a big range, but with a rather clear theme…..
Some people used this opportunity to voice their ideas for where they’d like to do research. Their priorities were finding out more about:
- Mental health/well-being and Big Birthas (higher-BMI mothers)
- Home educating parents’ experiences of local authorities
- Transpeople’s experience of birth and chestfeeding
- LGBTQIA parents’ experiences of pregnancy/birth/maternity/fertility services
- Antibodies in breastmilk
Some thoughts were about the future of PSG;
- Publish our results in peer reviewed journals with us as authors
- Continue having Q&As with experts
- Write workable questions to take forwards to funders.
But overwhelmingly, with 52% off all post-it notes placed (which is, I believe, the standard measurement of citizen scientist thoughts), PSG members wanted to do more citizen science. This is only a very small sample….
- Research some of the questions that our results have given
- More PSG! We now have even more questions and keen professionals
- Yes (to above) – me too.
- Be even more involved in new project. Carry the word out.
- More PSG!
- Yes, more PSG
- And another vote from me!
People who want parents to engage meaningfully with science, are you reading this?