Welcome to the Thought Rebellion – where research and clinical practice converge. We are Amy Brown, and Lyndsey Hookway, and we’re on a mission to bring you content, education and resources that shake up practice, spark debate and stir up fire in your belly.
I’m an academic and professor of maternal and child health. I’m a psychologist by background, now working in public health, specifically in the area of perinatal health and wellbeing, or in other words how we can better understand and improve experiences of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
As a researcher I’ve always been interested in topics such as nutrition, parenting and mental health but it wasn’t until I had my first baby fifteen years ago that I became determined to produce and promote better evidence when it comes to growing, birthing and caring for babies.
I’ve now published over 100 research articles and nine books on these topics. I love writing, but more importantly sharing data and evidence in a way that is useful for parents and those who care for them. I can regularly be found unpicking media headlines to tell you what the research really means and whether it’s worth paying attention to or not.
I live in a beautiful part of rain drenched Wales. Lyndsey will tell you it rains more in Devon but statistics (which she just loves) will tell you otherwise. Well, depending on which ones you cherry pick.
I have twenty years’ experience in paediatric nursing, as well as further experience in children’s public health nursing. I’ve worked in many different clinical settings – from ambulatory care, high dependency, NICU, and the community. I’m a fierce gentle parenting advocate and will talk to anyone who will listen about responsive ways to support sleep.
I’m also an experienced IBCLC lactation consultant and currently researching the needs and challenges of breast/chestfed medically complex infants and children (Amy happens to be my PhD supervisor so she’s kicking my butt down a horrendous statistics rabbit hole right now. Just kidding….. I love it).
When I have time I write books – I’ve written books 4 and 5, but just nailing down what to do with them right now. Writing is a real passion – I love disseminating good information widely, especially when I can link theory to clinical practice.I live in a rain-soaked corner of Devon with my husband, 2 girls, 2 unhinged dogs and way too many chickens.