Also known as:
Interactional practices of decision-making during childbirth in maternity units
We are researching decision-making in childbirth focusing on the talk that happens between staff, women in labour, and their birth partners when giving birth in maternity units. The research is based in two NHS trusts.
We are seeking maternity service users (for example, pregnant women, women who have recently given birth, and birth partners) to oversee this project. Their input will help us to carry out the study in a way which is acceptable to participants, and make sure that women and their families get to hear about our findings.
UK Government policy states that women in labour should be involved in decisions about their care and treatment. We know what is said during labour matters for how women experience birth. However, policy recommendations to staff about how to communicate with women in labour are not based on evidence about what actually happens in birth. This is because most existing research is based on interviewing or surveying women some weeks after birth, so the details of what was said in labour are lost. We need research that provides details of actual talk about decisions during labour.
The results of the research are intended to:
The research involves:
To help understand the viewpoint of our labouring women participants, patients and the public will be involved at all stages of our research. One of our research team is a member of the public and we will set up groups for other patients and the public to make sure that our information sheets and methods protect the interests of women in labour (and their birth partners).
- Project starts
1 March, 2017
- Pilot ends
30 June, 2018
- Project ends
29 February 2020
- Funding scheme
NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research
- Grant Reference Number
Annandale et al 14/70/73
- Ethical approval
This project has been reviewed and approved by the South Yorkshire Research Ethics Committee.