Madeline Balaam is a Lecturer in Interaction Design in Newcastle University. Madeline’s research focuses on healthcare and wellbeing, and over the last year she has worked on a range of projects with healthcare practitioners to develop digital interactions that meet the needs and values of new mothers, and pregnant women. Work includes the development of a user-generated map, where breastfeeding mothers can share and rate public spaces and places for breastfeeding. Email me at: madeline.balaam [at]

Judy Robertson is senior lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, UK. She has used participatory design methods with children and teachers in educational technology for twelve years, and has more recently worked with teenagers on location based games for health and fitness. Since becoming a mother in 2010, Judy has reflected on mothers and technology use, and has become aware of the gap in the research literature in this area.

Rebecca Say is a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellow at Newcastle University and a Specialty Training Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The aim of her PhD study is to develop decision support for pregnant women with a breech presentation. She is interested in shared decision making and developing woman-centred care.

Geraldine Fitzpatrick was a midwife and pioneer of women-centered birthing services as a private practitioner in the early 1990s. She moved in to IT/HCI and is now a Professor of Design and Assessment of Technology and Head of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Group at Vienna University of Technology. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, with a particular interest in technology-support for healthcare, health and well-being, and supporting social interaction and quality of life more generally.

Gillian Hayes is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at UC Irvine. Gillian has a rich set of research interests within healthcare. Gillian’s has investigated how technology can support the transition of pre-natal babies from the hospital to home, including balancing the information needs of clinicians with the experience needs of parents. Gillian advocates the use of action research within HCI.

Melissa Mazmanian is an assistant professor in the Department of Informatics at the UC, Irvine. Melissa is currently engaged in an ethnographic research project where she is examining the subjective experience of time, conceptions of parenthood, and the concrete practices of negotiating attention in a world saturated by information and communication technologies. Melissa earned a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Masters in Information Economics, Management and Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Information.

Belinda Parmar is founder of Lady Geek and Lady Geek TV. Through writing her Lady Geek blog she explores and comments upon women’s relationship with technology and the technology industry. Her book “Little Miss Geek” is written to create social change from the ground up, inspiring young girls and women to become technology pioneers.


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