The Birth Map Study – Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are open to participate in The Birth Map Study, to evaluate The Birth Map during your pregnancy and shortly after your birth. Participants will be chosen to represent different models of maternity care across Australia.

To be eligible to participate you are:

  • in your first trimester at the beginning of the study
  • in Australia
  • English speaking
  • have access to a smartphone and the ability to download the study app
  • willing to commit to the length of the study (early pregnancy until 6 – 8 weeks after your baby is born).

This study has been approved by the University of Canberra Ethics Committee.


MODELS OF CARE STILL NEEDING REPRESENTATION:

High risk

Remote area maternity care.

GP/OBGYN led pregnancy care

Combined care with a private doctor or midwife during labour and birth, and postnatal care in a public hospital.

Participant information for the Birth Map 2022 study (BM2022)

Study Title: Birth Map 2022 study (BM2022)

Principal Investigators: Catherine Bell; Professor Deborah Davis; Dr Sally Muggleton; Professor Hannah Dahlen

Thank you for considering taking part in the Birth Map 2022 study (BM2022). Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

1. What is the purpose of this study?

This study aims to evaluate the experience with Birth Mapping across all models of maternity care to better understand how it impacts the communication and decision making of pregnant women as navigate the maternity system.

The role of participants is to actively evaluate The Birth Map for effectiveness in facilitating communication and informed decision making.  The study asks you to complete an initial questionnaire and then use the study smartphone App to record short reflections on your experience throughout your pregnancy and shortly after birth.  An additional interview will be offered to some participants after the birth.

It is hoped the results of this study will help us to advise governments, health care providers and pregnant mothers and their families/friends on how best to facilitate communication and informed decision making in maternity care.

2. Who can participate in this study?

If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy at the beginning of the study, live in Australia, read and speak English, have a smartphone and the ability to download the study app and record reflections throughout your pregnancy and soon after birth, you are eligible to participate.  Participants are sought from all models of care. 

3. What if I don’t want to take part in this study or if I want to withdraw later?

Participation in this study is voluntary. It is completely up to you whether you participate. This study is independent of your care provider.

You may withdraw from this study even after agreeing to participate, if you change your mind for any reason.

4. What does this study involve?

Participants in this study will be provided with either a digital or print copy of The Birth Map; boldly going where no birth plan has gone before.  The book has been independently developed by Catherine Bell to aid communication and decision making in maternity care.   At the beginning of the study, a short survey will be completed to provide demographic data. Participation in this study involves using a smartphone app to record reflections about your experiences with these resources in the context of your birth preparations. These will be up to 5 minutes each, recorded after your antenatal appointments and shortly after birth. These reflections will cover: 

· Your experience during the antenatal appointment

· How you are using the book (if at all)

· What were your feelings at that point

· How the mapping process is impacting your maternity/health care: What is working, or not, and why.

· After your birth, a reflection on how this preparation worked out for you

Some participants will also be invited to an interview 6-8 weeks after the birth, for a deeper reflection on your experiences.  Invitations will be sent 4 weeks after your birth, seeking interviews with participants from each model of care.

STUDY CONTACT: catherine.bell@canberra.edu.au

This study has been approved by the University of Canberra Ethics Committee.


MODELS OF CARE STILL NEEDING REPRESENTATION:

High risk

Remote area maternity care.

GP/OBGYN led pregnancy care

Combined care with a private doctor or midwife during labour and birth, and postnatal care in a public hospital.

For more details and to submit a form click the button below


PLEASE NOTE:
No more representatives needed for private midwifery care (homebirth).
One more needed in Shared Care with GP/hospital staff.