The Parent Advisory Group is comprised of pregnant people and parents of young children who are passionate about improving maternal and childhood health outcomes. They bring diverse personal experiences and expertise to guide health research. This group works collaboratively with researchers, healthcare providers, and policy makers to set research priorities, conduct research, and communicate research findings to the general public. The group is facilitated by a research team led by Dr. Sarah Munro, CHÉOS Scientist and Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Parent Partner Role
- Attend meetings every other month (~1-2 hours long)
- Help to set research priorities and objectives
- Provide ongoing feedback on research projects
- Be invited to participate in focus groups
- Review research results and findings
- Collaborate with research scientists, research staff, and other patient advisors
Time commitment will vary depending on projects but participants can expect to attend team meetings every other month. This group will meet for the long-term, but we understand that individual members may move on as their life circumstances and research interests change. We ask that parent partners participate for at least 6 months (3 meetings).
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
We aim to provide a welcoming, culturally safe, respectful environment for our parent partners. Our commitment to diversity means partnering with parents who have a broad range of experiences and perspectives. Our commitment to inclusion means creating space where all partners and their ideas are valued. Through these actions, we hope to advance equity in health research.
If you are passionate about improving maternal and childhood health, consider joining us! Parent partners must be:
- Currently pregnant and/or have children under 5 years of age
- 19 years of age or older
- Comfortable communicating in English
Parent partners do not need any prior research experience. Lived experience and diverse perspectives are a must!
We conduct studies that explore how parents and families make choices in pregnancy and childbirth. This research can help change health care practice, policies for patient-centred care, and resources to support families. Here is a sample of the current studies that parent partners may support:
- New science suggests that a healthy ‘gut microbiome’ is important for babies and children. Are documentaries and short films a good way to share this new science with families, especially those with very young children?
- Families struggle to make informed choices about breastfeeding their newborns. What resources can help health care providers to support these choices in a supportive, non-stigmatizing way?
- After a caesarean section, families may not get all the information they need about their options for future births. What health system changes need to happen so that families can have high-quality discussions about caesarean and vaginal birth?