Parent and Baby

You have been invited to take part in a research project because you have given birth within the last year.

We want to help women to evaluate the quality of maternity care they have received. We know that high quality maternity care improves outcomes for mothers and babies, but we also know that care is not always of high quality. We have already conducted group interviews with pregnant women, new mothers, midwives and doctors in Scotland and Australia. Following these interviews, we devised a questionnaire to allow mothers around the world to assess the quality of the maternity care they received. This phase of the research will test an online version of the questionnaire with new mothers in several countries.

Before you decide whether or not to take part it is important that you understand what the study is about. The information provided below will help you to understand why and how the research is being carried out and what your participation will involve. If anything is unclear or if you have any questions, please contact Andrew Symon at the University of Dundee or one of the in-country co-ordinators. Contact details are in the Participant Information Sheet (see below).

Participant Information Sheet

Please click here to read the Participant Information Sheet. This includes information about the study, what you’re being asked to do, the risks and benefits of taking part, confidentiality and data protection, and who’s in the study team (including contact details).

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Eligibility and Consent

Thank you for your interest in this study. 

You must be aged at least 18 years old (16 if in Scotland) to take part.

You must have given birth in the last year.

You are able to read/ understand English and can complete this form (if you prefer, you can have someone you trust read the questions to you and complete the form for you).

You have read the Participant Information Sheet (PIS) dated March 2023. You have been given the chance to ask questions about the study and any questions have been answered to your satisfaction (if you prefer, you can have someone you trust read the PIS to you and contact the research team on your behalf).

You understand that taking part in the study involves answering questions about the maternity care you received relating to your pregnancy and the birth of your baby (who was born in the last year).

You understand that if you agree to repeat the survey after two weeks you should include your email address in the online survey form. You understand that the email address will be deleted after a reminder link has been sent to you.

You also understand that you are under no obligation to complete the form a second time.

You consent voluntarily to be a participant in this study. You understand that you can refuse to answer questions and you can withdraw from the study at any time, without having to give a reason, up until the online survey is submitted. You understand that after the survey is submitted it will not be possible to withdraw (as it will not be possible to link you personally with the information submitted online).

Please note: the survey questions will not be available unless you agree to all of the above.