My name is Jennifer Lynn Frye and I am a student midwife finishing my didactic work at WomanCraft Midwifery. As part of my advanced course, I am studying various forms of trauma in birthing persons during the childbearing year (pregnancy, birth, and three months postpartum).
Your participation is voluntary and you may cancel your participation at any time. To keep strictest confidentiality, I am not asking for any identifying information and these answers will be used for school related research only. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take a moment to read and acknowledge the informed consent statement below before continuing.
PROCEDURESIf you agree to be in this study, you will participate in the following:Answer a series of personal questions in order to assess your age, race/ethnicity, gender, marital status, socioeconomic status, and childbirth environment, including choice of care provider, and potentially why you chose them/opted out. Share your childbirth experiences. This may be through yes or no questions, multiple choice questions, a short statement, a birth story, a recap of prior births, etc. You are welcome to make it as brief or lengthy as you are comfortable with. If you would like to give an oral account of your birth experience, we will set up a time for the interview. You will first complete the survey and then participate in the interview. interview will last approximately one hour, however it may be as brief or lengthy as you need. During the interview, you will be asked about your choice of maternity care provider, quality of maternity care received, experience during labor and childbirth, and your emotional/physical experiences as they relate to your birth story. The interview will be audio-recorded and the researcher may take notes as well.
RISKSThe survey will include a section requesting demographic information. Due to the nature of social media and make-up of the population of Salem, the combined answers to these questions may make an individual person identifiable. I will make every effort to protect participants’ confidentiality. However, if you are uncomfortable answering any of these questions, you may leave them blank. The questions may bring up difficult or traumatic memories for you. In the event that some of the survey or interview questions make you uncomfortable or upset, you are always free to decline to answer or to stop your participation at any time. BENEFITSThere will be no direct benefit to you from participating in this study. However, the information that you provide may help bring increased awareness to the violation of human rights in childbirth and provide future care providers with the tools to better care for birthing individuals.
EXTENT OF CONFIDENTIALITYReasonable efforts will be made to keep the personal information in your research record private and confidential. Any identifiable information obtained in connection with this study will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law. The members of the research team and WomanCraft Midwifery Program may access the data. Your name will not be used in any written reports or publications which result from this research, unless you have given explicit permission for me to do this. Data will be kept for three years (per federal regulations) after the study is complete and then destroyed. PAYMENTYou will not be paid for your participation in this study. PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARYYou do not have to be in this study if you do not want to. You may also refuse to answer any questions you do not want to answer. If you volunteer to be in this study, you may withdraw from it at any time without consequences of any kind or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. QUESTIONSIf you have any questions or concerns about your participation in this study, you may contact the Principal Investigator, Jennifer Frye at 508-981-4154 or email@example.com If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Boise State University Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is concerned with the protection of volunteers in research projects. You may reach the board office between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, by calling (208) 426-5401 or by writing: Institutional Review Board, Office of Research Compliance, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725-1138.