Giving Voice to Mothers
The Giving Voice to Mothers - US Study was a national study that examined how race, ethnicity, and place of birth interact with the experience of receiving maternity care in the United States.
Women from five communities of color, and women who planned to give birth at home or in a birth center, developed a survey with over 200 questions describing their experiences of pregnancy, birth, prenatal and newborn care. These women decided what to study, designed the questions, and recruited participants. To ensure rigor and ethical conduct in all aspects of the research, they collaborated with the Birth Place Lab team. No previous study has used a community-based participatory method to study maternity care. We believe that these voices could transform how we deliver care, and who delivers care to those most in need.
The survey questions included our own measures: Mothers on Respect Index, Mothers Autonomy and Decision Making Scale, the Mistreatment by Care Providers in Childbirth Indicators, as well as an adapted Perceptions of Racism Scale. The early results from this study have been presented at several national and international conferences and a summary of the results is available below. The team is creating a report that will be available online, however to remain true to the type of research we are committed to we are revisiting the work with community partners before we share it publicly.
We continue to work with our partners to host meetings where community members can review the results and decide with us who to tell the story to and how to tell the story.
Recently released based on Giving Voice to Mothers:
Inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States.
PLEASE KEEP ME UPDATED ON GIVING VOICE TO MOTHERS
Yes, please let me know when GVtM is released and other updates.
PRIVACY NOTIFICATION: When you apply to receive our e-newsletter, we will collect personal information about you (such as your name, e-mail address, subscription preferences); we do so under the authority of Section 26(c) of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (BC FIPPA), in order to fulfill your subscription request. The information collected will be shared with an external e-newsletter distribution service (Mail Chimp) in order to send you our e-newsletter and other information you may have requested. Mail Chimp is hosted outside of Canada (in the US) and we require your consent to disclose your contact information for the purposes of distributing our newsletter and other requested materials to you. By selecting the “I Consent” checkbox and clicking on the SUBSCRIBE button, you are consenting to UBC disclosing your information to MAIL CHIMP for the purposes of subscribing to our e-newsletter and to our sending you other materials you have requested. We will not share your information with any other parties or for any purposes beyond what has been described here. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notification, or the privacy or security of your information, please contact Jasmina Geldman at [email protected].
Giving Voice to Mothers Community Partners
The Steering Council included several community partners. The Birth Place Lab team was honored to work with them throughout the entire project. We are indebted to them and their communities for their leadership and participation.