Have you had a baby in the last three years? Did midwives use a hand-held fetal monitor for some or all of your labour? If so, The Listen 2 Baby team at the University of Oxford would like to hear from you!
They’re looking for people to take part in interviews about their experiences of fetal monitoring during labour, and also want to hear your thoughts on how the team should go about conducting the research. They promise to compensate you for your time.
The focus is on monitoring with a hand-held device, so if you only had continuous monitoring, then that unfortunately rules you out of this one. The leaflet says you need to have given birth within the last 12 months, but actually they have permission to recruit anyone who gave birth up to three years ago.
Are you interested in contributing to research about how midwives listen to the baby’s heart rate during labour? if so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) has a strong track-record of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research. Since 1990, the NPEU has established a network with over 60 national and regional support groups and charities, involving hundreds of individual volunteers and representatives – Big Birthas is one of them!
I’m a huge believer that the very best research comes from involving women and birthing people, their partners, families and representatives in research as members of the team throughout the research process. I’ve always found it really rewarding, and that I’m genuinely making a difference for those who use services in the future.