#Who Cares? Workshop on Caregiving and Mother-Infant Health: whocaresad

#Who Cares? An Evening on Caregiving and Maternal-Child Healtheveningademail

An Agta woman looks after her granddaughter while her mother is away working for long periods in a distant town. Photograph taken in north-eastern Philippines (credit: Abigail E. Page).

Who cares? Multidisciplinary perspectives on social support and maternal-child healthwebinar

DATE: Tuesday 15 June 2021

TIME: 16:00 – 18:00 (time zone is UK)

A special LSHTM Evolutionary Demography Seminar on ‘Multidisciplinary perspectives on social support and maternal-child health’ to accompany the release of a special issue of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has been jointly organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and UCL. 

It has long been acknowledged that women with children require social support to promote their health and wellbeing, as well as that of their children. However, the current conceptualisation of support has been heavily influenced by Western family norms. The consequence, at best, has been to stifle our understanding of the nature and consequences of support for mothers and children. At worst, it has led to systematic discrimination negatively impacting maternal-child health. To fully engage with the complexities of social support, we must take a multi/interdisciplinary approach spanning diverse cultural and geographical perspectives.

This webinar and the special issue marks an attempt by like-minded researchers from diverse disciplines to build a holistic understanding of social support and its consequences for mothers and their children, from which more nuanced future work will hopefully stem.