Information Sheet for Participation in a Research Study
University of Connecticut

Principal Investigator: Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Co-Investigator: Sue Watson, Chairperson of Trauma and Birth Stress (TABS)
Study Title: Impact of Traumatic Childbirth on Mothers’ Experiences Caring for Their Children

You are invited to participate in a research study so that we can better understand the impact of traumatic childbirth on mothers’ experiences interacting with and caring for their infants and older children.

Why is this study being done?

For decades now researchers have studied the long term effects that postpartum depression can have on mother-infant interactions and child development. Much less attention has focused on the possible effects of posttraumatic stress on mother-infant interaction and attachment and children’s emotional and cognitive development. The purpose of this study is to help understand the experiences of mothers who have had a traumatic birth and how this may impact their interactions with their infants and older children.
What are the study procedures? What will I be asked to do?
If you agree to take part in this survey you will be asked to complete (1) a participant Profile Form which includes questions about yourself such as your age, education, and type of delivery, and (2) to describe in as much detail as you wish your experiences of caring for and interacting with your infant and any older children you may have. Depending on how in depth you write about your experiences, participation in the study could take between 30- 60 minutes. Your participation will be anonymous and you will not be contacted again in the future. You will not be paid for being in this study.

What are the risks or inconveniences of the study?
We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, if you become anxious remembering your traumatic childbirth please know you can stop participating in the study. You do not have to complete the study. One possible inconvenience to you may be the time it takes to complete this survey.

What are the benefits of the study?

You may not directly benefit from this research; however, we hope your participation in this survey will help health care professionals provide better care to mothers who have experienced a traumatic childbirth

Will I receive payment for participation?  Are there costs to participate?

There are no costs and you will not be paid to be in this study.

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