Women's Experiences of Planned Home Birth Service Provision in Northern Ireland

You are invited to take part in a research study about experiences and perceptions of planned home birth in Northern Ireland, because you are a woman who is has had a planned home birth or are interested in planned homebirth services.


Project Information

However, before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what you need to do to take part. Please read the following information carefully before you decide whether or not to take part.This study has been peer-reviewed and approved by the Ulster University Research Ethics Filter Committee in the School of Nursing, has been approved by the five Health and Social Care Trusts in NI and by the Office of Research Ethics Committee (OREC).

What is the purpose of the study?

This study aims to explore women and their partners’ (if applicable) experiences and views of home birth services in Northern Ireland.The study will also explore maternity service providers' experiences and views of home birth services in Northern Ireland through another survey.

What you need to do to take part?

Having read this information sheet, you need to click on all of the boxes containing questions within the consent form. Doing this, means that you consent to taking part in this study. Then if you click on the arrow, it will bring you to an online anonymised questionnaire which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can pause completion of the questionnaire and come back to the survey at another time via the same link and it will bring you back to where you stopped.

If you change your mind and no longer want to participate you can withdraw consent at any time by simply leaving the survey webpage. However, once you submit the survey, your anonymised data cannot be removed from the study. At the end of the questionnaire, you are asked if you would like to take part in follow-up face-to-face focus groups. This is entirely voluntary.If you want to take part, please provide an email address through which you will be contacted at a later date by the research team.If you do not want to take part in the face-to-face focus group, do not provide an email address.

Why you are being invited to take part in the study?

You are a woman (or a partner) who has an interest in planned home birth in Northern Ireland; that is you may have given birth at home, planned to give birth at home or have a view on home birth service provision in Northern Ireland.

Do I have to take part?

It is entirely your decision whether or not you take part in this research and you are free to withdraw from the study up until completion and submission of the survey. Completion of the survey will indicate your consent. At the end of the questionnaire, you are asked if you would like to take part in follow-up face-to-face focus groups.This is entirely voluntary. If you want to take part, please provide an email address through which you will be contacted at a later date by the research team. If you do not want to take part in the face to face focus group, do not provide an email address. There will be a minimum of one week cooling off period between the provision of your email at the end of the survey and being contacted by the research team to arrange a date/time for the focus group. If you choose to withdraw from the focus group after recording has commenced, the information that you have you contributed to the focus group, up until that point, will be included in the anonymised data analysis.

What are the potential benefits of taking part in the study?

There is no particular personal benefit from your participation; however the answers that you give to this survey will be used to better understand women's and their partners' (if applicable) views of Homebirth in Northern Ireland.

What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

The main disadvantage is that the questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete.

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   Register your interest by 31st Jan 2021.

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Project Staff

Dr Patricia Gillen

Reader in Nursing and Midwifery Research and Development
School of Nursing
+44 28 9036 8582
p.gillen@ulster.ac.uk
12J15 - Jordanstown campus

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