The overall aim of this PhD is to build the evidence-based to inform the development of a behaviour change intervention to raise awareness of and reduce risk factors for Stillbirth in Ireland. To do so, a series of studies have been designed with the following objectives:
– To examine the available evidence in relation to risk factors for stillbirth.
– To assess the different online resources available to pregnant women and women who have experienced a pregnancy loss.
– To explore the qualitative literature published on facilitators and barriers to change the targeted behaviours (substance use, attendance at antenatal care, weight management).
– To explore first time mum’s experiences of following behavioural recommendations during pregnancy and experiences of education received in antenatal care as well as their knowledge about stillbirth and risk factors for stillbirth.
– To identify all interventions designed and conducted in the context of stillbirth prevention in high-income countries, and identify the Behaviour Change used in each one.
– To explore healthcare professionals knowledge about stillbirth and modifiable risk factors and their perceived barriers to communicate these with their patients in their care.