To understand the experiences of families parenting young infants or expecting a child amidst COVID-19, the Cambridge Babylab is offering a brief online questionnaire (15-30 min). Our research group, the Perinatal Imaging Partnership, studies parental influences on the development and health of babies.
Now, as we all adapt to our 'new normal', we hope to understand the physical, psychological and social impacts on new families and the generation born during COVID-19.
Though our online support community for new and expectant parents is still very active, we have completed enrollment in our cohort with more than 2,000 families, with the hope of learning how families navigate the changes in policies and socialization as the UK and the globe adapt to parenting in the pandemic.
Our team engages in various outreach efforts with families and caregiving charity partners to learn from and along with our expectant and new parents. We also aggregate the data and write it up for scientific peer review. We hope our empirical work can inform public health and social policy, as well as developmental science about raising a child in the context of Covid-19, lockdown and the roadmap out of lockdown.
Infants born in lockdown do not differ in caregiving quality, but the timing of their birth might change their responsiveness due to reduced social exposure (not maternal well-being)