Choices in Childbirth is reaching out to ask for your help recruiting for a survey about maternity care practices and experiences. In partnership with researchers at the University of British Columbia and Boston University, we are collecting data to help policy makers and care providers understand perspectives and better meet your community’s needs.
Until now, US researchers have only studied the experience of childbirth among women who gave birth in a hospital and who mostly identify themselves as “non-Hispanic white”. In the Giving Voice to Mothers study, we hope to collect information from families of diverse backgrounds who have given birth in ALL settings: homes, hospitals and birth centers.
The goals of this study are:
- To learn about which maternity care options are most important to all types of pregnant families in the US;
- To understand experiences of maternity care in communities of color;
- To find out how families decide where to give birth and if place of birth affects their experiences;
- To describe the experience of making decisions during pregnancy and birth, including being heard and treated with respect;
- To learn about any differences among doctors, midwives, or consumers that may affect maternity care choices.
We hope that you can make sure your community-members’ experiences are included. Some ways you can encourage participation include:
- distributing and posting the attached flier
- mentioning the survey to families (especially when they have waiting time)
- inviting community members to use an on-site computer or tablet to take the online survey
- assisting participants with getting started on the survey
Please share this survey widely, so that we capture a wide variety of experiences. Thank you for participating and for bringing this survey to members of your communities.
Please access the survey with this unique link: www.voicesofmothersny.or
Maris Gelman and Nan Strauss