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Young Mothers Staying Fit

Keep updated with the latest global research on parenting and dance

Hybrid Seminar 3 -
13 September, 2024

GREAT MINDS

Reports, studies and research groups

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PREGNANCY & THE DANCER
ONE DANCE UK FACTSHEET 19

Francesca McCoid, Sue Harris & Rachel Rafiefar

 

The original resource that inspired Dance Mama to be created.

Join as a member to One Dance UK to gain access to this fantastic resource amongst many other benefits.

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SAFE DANCE PRACTICE
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Edel Quin, Sonia Rafferty & Charlotte Tomlinson

The 'bible' of dance science-based advice for all aspects of dance experience contains a precious few pages on dancing through pregnancy, and some advice for return to work

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PREGNANCY & PARENTHOOD
THE DANCER'S PERSPECTIVE

Charlotte Vincent & Helen Laws

 

 

Vincent Dance Theatre, One Dance UK & Creative and Cultural Skills 2009 report covering a variety of aspects of dancing and parenthood for the employee and employer

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PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH & CORE STABILITY

One Dance UK have excellent resources that are relevant to dancing parents - particularly Dance Mama's and their rehabilitation back into the work place. 

Whilst we're working on more specific advice here is a good resource for you to peruse. 

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Dr Aoife McGrath, Senior Lecturer of The School of Arts, English and Languages heads up Dance and The Maternal, delivering research and performance projects on this subject.  

Aoife is Primary Investigator and founding member of the International Parenting in Dance Network. 

 

QUB has a group of PhD students researching this topic including, researcher Chloe Hillyar who's The Pregnant Dancer 2021 project, supported by Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants explores how female dancers can continue working during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Chloe has contributed to the Maternity & Midwifery Forum with this article below. 

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Parents in Performing Arts Campaign has produced a number of important research reports with various partners, revealing the huge challenges that parents face across dance, theatre and music industries. 

They are founding partners of the International Parenting and Dance Network. 

Their latest reports highlight the Identity Crisis and Talent Loss for freelance mothers in dance (conducted by Prof. Angela Pickard, Canterbury Christ Church University) and the severity of the impact of COVID19 on these sectors and can be accessed on the link below. 

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BALANCING
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Balancing Act supports artist caregivers working in the performing arts in Canada by advocating for greater equality, accessibility, and inclusion in the workforce. Our work intersects with anti-racist, gender equity, and other social justice goals aimed at challenging the systems of oppression inherent in contemporary workplace culture in the performing arts and the cultural sector at large.

Balancing Act are also founding partners of the International Parenting and Dance Network

Read Artistic Producer, Susie Burpee's article here

You can read their latest conference papers via the button below:

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The Active Pregnancy Foundation has a variety of information on it's Insight page and throughout it's site including the UK government CMO approved guidelines of activity in pre and postnatal women (below) as well as top tips for support in lockdown. They are a fantastic organisation, championing womens' health, research and education encouraging all to be active. 

Dance Mama Founder, Lucy McCrudden is proud to be the Secretariat to the charity's Scientific Advisory Board.

Covid-19 Top Tips

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CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER GUIDELINES

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UK SPORT

 

UK Sport recognises the responsibility as a distributor of public funding to ensure that SGBs - a term used to describe both National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Home Country Governing Bodies (HCGBs) - owe Athletes a duty of care and it is important that their wellbeing and performance are managed effectively during pregnancy and post-childbirth. UK Sport has created two separate guidance documents, for both SGBs and Athletes.

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Dr Marlize De Vivo, Dr Lou Atkinson, Gráinne Donnelly, Prof Kirsty Elliot-Sale, Chloe Hillyar, Sarah Rand, Dr Claire-Marie Roberts and The Active Pregnancy Foundation.

BASES’ Expert Statements provide a concise overview of topics which have been identified as of interest, confusion, or controversy to sport and exercise scientists. Produced on behalf of BASES by an expert panel at The Active Pregnancy Foundation, the statement on Pregnant and Postnatal Athletes was released on 4 November 2022 within the Winter 2022 edition of The Sport and Exercise Scientist. 

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University of Alberta | UAlberta · Faculty of Kinesiology Sport and Recreation

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One of the most influential researchers working in this field, the below link goes to Dr Margey's profile for all her latest articles. 

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Hayley Mills, Lou Atkinson, 

Ellinor Olander, Debbie Smith, Louise Hayes, Sinead Currie, James Newham, Charlie Foster, Marlize De Vivo

 

Article in British Journal of Sports Medicine from experts at the UK's leading universities

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Marlize De Vivo & Hayley Mills

An insight into how midwives promote physical activity during pregnancy from professors from the Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group, University of Canterbury

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University of Canterbury

 

This multidisciplinary group designs, conducts and communicates high quality research focusing on physical activity during pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal periods. PPARG work both in collaboration, and offers consultation with, a large range of stakeholders to maximise benefit and impact of their research and expertise.

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) Female Health & Performance in Sport Virtual Conference

Dr Amal Hassan Co-Chairs the 2022 Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) Female Health & Performance in Sport Virtual Conference in this replay.

All the presentations are excellent, but do head to 1 hour 11 mins in to hear Dr Amal Hassan's presentation Pregnancy, Exercise and The Athlete.

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