Babylab

From the Womb to the World

Science Tools for your Family Journey

“From the Womb to the World” is a new multidisciplinary group founded by the Essex Babylab researchers in collaboration with a team of independent practitioners interested in supporting child development.
We all share a strong interest in studying how parental behaviour and interactions with babies (inside and outside the womb) develop during the first year of life. We want to promote ideas exchange and a better understanding of the real needs of the community, through the use of online platforms and events and workshops for parents and families. Our group is keen in promoting:
  • Support: give families the support they need to facilitate and promote their relationship with their babies;
  • Empowerment: by providing the tools to learn and use the latest scientific discoveries, we want to facilitate the communication of evidence-based research in the community;
  • Continuity: from pregnancy to childbirth, new parents receive a variety of advice and information from different sources, with very little continuity throughout their journey. We want to offer a platform where new parents can be accompanied from the beginning of their pregnancy throughout the first years of life of their babies.

Babylab team

Our Team

Karina Moore

Karina Moore

Antenatal teacher, Suffolk, Essex, and North West London

Karina is an Antenatal teacher in Suffolk, Essex and North West London. She studied Biological Sciences and worked observing wild primate behaviour where she became interested in the parent-infant relationship. Later she completed a foundation degree in Parenting Education accredited by the University of Bedford. Since then, she has dedicated her time to supporting new parents through this stage of life and is committed to enabling parents to put evidence-based research into practice.

Sonia Pecce

Sonia Pecce

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Sonia has worked with children for nearly 20 years in various childcare settings, children’s centres, and more recently, a mother and baby mental health unit. She has worked as an early years teacher in school and completed a psychology degree at the University of Essex. She has always been interested in people and how they behave and brains and how they work. She also has five children of (three only part time as they live with their mother), so has a wealth of personal life experience to inform her work.

Greta Loni

Greta Loni

Midwife, Italy

Greta is an Italian midwife. She obtained her BSc in Pisa where she became interested in the maternal-fetal attachment during pregnancy. She then pursed a Master degree in Florence at the “Elemental School of Midwifery Art”. There, she developed her interest in the psychological and neuroendocrinological factors involved in pregnancy and childbirth. Her aim is to empower mothers to develop a healthy and positive relationship with their children.

Richard Austin

Richard Austin

Undergraduate student

BSc Psychology, University of Essex

Richard is an undergraduate student in his final year studying a BSc in Psychology at the University of Essex. While studying Richard found his interest in developmental psychology and have been working in number of projects and events with the Essex BabyLab. Richard aims to pursue a MSc in Occupational Therapy and is keen to implement evidence based research in developmental psychology in an applied setting.