Projects

Current projects include:

Women Taking Charge of Changing Childbirth in BC
Women Taking Charge of Changing Childbirth in BC: Phase 2 of our Changing Childbirth in BC project (see below). Our preliminary analysis of this rich mixed-methods dataset suggests it will reveal detailed information on how model of care and patient-provider communication affect women’s experience of care. Now we must confirm our findings, decide how best to tell these stories, and effect change. We will work with community members to interpret and translate our findings into practice and policy, together we will lead implementation activities targeted at institutions, clinicians, and policymakers. Funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’s Health Professional-Investigator Award.

 

Changing Childbirth in BC
Changing Childbirth in BC, a community-based participatory action research project. In this provincial project, a steering group women of childbearing age from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds engaged multiple stakeholders as well as leaders from NGO’s, researchers, and community agencies to examine women’s experiences with maternity care in British Columbia. Funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

 

Shared Decision Making: A toolkit for health professions on collaborative leadership
Shared Decision Making: A toolkit for health professions on collaborative leadership. A project to develop a set of online interactive modules on shared decision-making for and inter-professional teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution around options for care. Click here for a 40 second animation on the key elements of shared decision making. Funded by UBC TLEF.

 

The Movement and Pulse index (MAPi)
The Movement and Pulse index (MAPi) development of a low-technology clinical prediction tool, Mobile MAPi, based on women’s report of fetal behavior, that can improve our ability to identify fetuses at-risk in low-resource settings (e.g., offices, homes, rural or remote communities). Pilot work funded by a Nelly Auersberg Award from the Women’s Health Research Institute.

 

Where and How You Birth (WHY Birth)
Where and How You Birth (WHY Birth), a project to develop a patient decision aid for choice of model of maternity care and place of birth for Canadian patients. Funded by a Team Grant from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (2017-18).

 

 

Funded by the Transforming Birth Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery:

The Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping (AIMM) Study
The Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping (AIMM) Study, which explores the relationship between access, integration, and density of midwives in the United States and key birth outcomes. You are invited to get an overview of the project here, review the key findings here, explore the maps yourself here and see how your state ranks here.

 

Giving Voice to Mothers
Giving Voice to Mothers, a participatory action research project to assess how planned place of birth, race and ethnicity interact with maternity care experience and preferences, experiences with discrimination and/or disrespect, and access to options for maternity care and providers. Partners include Choices in ChildbirthCommon Sense Childbirth, International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding CoalitionMamas of Color Rising, and Phoenix Midwife.

 

Physiologic Birth Index
The Physiologic Birth Index a Delphi study to develop quality care measure, based on evidence-based indicators, that can be used to assess care in institutions and at the clinical practice level.

 

 

Past projects include:

The Canadian Birth Place Study
The Canadian Birth Place Study, national study to describe the opinions and experiences of Canadian obstetricians, family physicians, and midwives of care across birth settings. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.