GOLD Learning Speakers

United Kingdom

Prof. Helen Ball, BSc, MA, PhD

  • Speaker Type: Infant Sleep (Research & Practice) Lecture Pack 2015, GOLD Perinatal 2014
  • Country: United Kingdom

Professor Helen Ball is Head of Anthropology at Durham University in the UK. She has been researching infant sleep for the past 20 years, concentrating on the sleep ecology of infants, young children and their parents. She has conducted research in hospitals and the community, and contributes to national and international policy and practice guidelines on infant care. Last year Professor Ball received an award for Outstanding Impact in Society for her research from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. She pioneers the translation of academic research into evidence for use by parents and healthcare staff via the Infant Sleep Information Source website.

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How do Digital Age parents cope with their infants at night?
The sleep of young babies is biologically driven, firstly by feeding patterns and the limitations of brain development, and over time by an emerging circadian clock. The sleep patterns of parents are environmentally driven, by work and social schedules, 24-hour culture and use of digital technology. How do parents ‘manage’ night-time infant care and the sleep conflicts inherent in contemporary life? How are digital media influencing parental knowledge, expectations, and behaviour? Our research finds an emerging dichotomy in maternal ‘sleep narratives’ that are reinforced by the use of phone apps to monitor and manage infant sleep, online discussions where mothers share their experiences and techniques, and websites promoting infant sleep products. The potential for using digital media to inform parents about babies’ biological needs at night will be explored using examples from our experiences of developing and implementing website, phone app, social media and video podcast information sources for infant sleep.
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Infant Sleep
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Sleep Ecology and Development in Early Infancy
In this talk we will explore research that examines normal infant sleep development and consider the factors that affect infant sleep such as what babies are fed, where they sleep, and how we interact with them. We will compare human babies with those of other mammals and think about the ways in which biology leads to different caregiving needs and styles. Using the research we have conducted at Durham Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, and that of other infant sleep researchers, we will consider what we know about parental attitudes and practices regarding night-time infant care, and practical issues such as parental tiredness, bedsharing, and sleep safety.
Presentations: 17  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1.25 (details)  |  Categories: