Mid-career Fellowship - Dr Rachel Laws

Congratulations to EPOCH CRE Associate Investigator, Dr Rachel Laws, on being awarded a Faculty of Health Midcareer Fellowship from Deakin University. 

The fellowship will support Rachel to do a joint study with Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, also an Associate Investigator at the CRE, to pilot test a mobile health intervention to support women's knowledge, attitudes and behaviour regarding breastfeeding during pregnancy. 

The perinatal period is an opportune time to address early life obesity risk factors such as gestational weight gain, formula feeding, early introduction of solid foods and limited physical activity. 

This pilot study will provide important data towards the design of a large scale mobile health intervention to target these early life obesity risk factors and promote healthy growth in infancy.