Researcher biography

Bec Jenkinson is maternity consumer advocate-turned-researcher, with more than 10 years' experience as a leader in the Australian maternity consumer movement, advocating for high quality, respectful, women-centred continuity of care. I am a skilled qualitative and mixed methods researcher, writer, presenter and networker with a passion for consumer and community engagement in health services, and broad experience encompassing health policy, service delivery and evaluation, and education. Bec's PhD investigated the experiences of women, midwives and obstetricians when pregnant women decline recommended care. She went on to co-lead the development and implementation of Queensland Health's Guideline: Partnering with the woman who declines recommended maternity care. Bec is now a Qualitative Research Fellow with the Australian Women and Girl's Health Research Centre, working on research projects related to weight stigma in maternity care, preconception health, and women's experiences of intrapartum care.