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: Traumatic Childbirth and its Aftermath

You are invited to participate in this survey of mothers’ posttraumatic stress after a traumatic birth and any positive changes in their lives due to their struggles with their birth trauma.

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this research is to understand the experience of women who have had a traumatic childbirth and if they have experienced any positive changes in their life or beliefs due to struggling with this highly challenging life event.
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, (2) the Posttraumatic Stress Symptom Survey which asks you to rate the frequency and intensity of posttraumatic stress symptoms you may be experiencing, (3) the Core Beliefs Inventory which asked you to rate the degree that you have examined your beliefs as a result of struggling with your traumatic childbirth, and (4) the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory which asks you to rate the degree to which you have had any positive changes in aspects of  your life as you struggled with your traumatic childbirth. These questionnaires should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. 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 that your participation in the study will bring hope to other labor and delivery nurses, who are struggling with having cared for women during traumatic births, that they may in the future experience some positive changes in their lives. 

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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