Saturday, May 29, 2010

Call for research partipants

Call for Participants

Interview-Based Research on New Moms and Work

I am seeking participants for a new research project titled “Mothering and the Return to Work: An Investigation of the Intersection of New Mothers’ Productive and Reproductive Labor.” My research asks the following questions: How do first-time mothers in the Midwest make decisions about childcare and employment, and to what extent are they able to implement these decisions once their babies are born? Also, what are the meanings moms attach to these decisions, the resulting patterns of paid work and family work, and their new identities as employed mothers? To begin to answer these questions, I am conducting interviews with women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. In our first interview, we will talk about work history, current employment (if applicable), household work, plans for the post-partum return to work, and thoughts about childrearing, childcare arrangements, and becoming a mother. After your baby is born and you return to employment (or before your baby is one year old if you have decided not to seek out or return to paid work), we will meet again for another interview to discuss your post-partum adjustment to motherhood, at home and at work. To compensate you for your time, you will receive a $20 gift card from either Target or Hy-Vee after each interview. This research has been approved by Augustana College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

I anticipate that this research will have important policy/advocacy implications as well as scholarly ones. The information I gather from interviews will highlight best practices in the workplace that empower women as mothers and workers to fulfill each role to a high level of satisfaction as well as areas where women could be better supported in these dual roles.

If you are interested in participating in this research or have questions, please contact me:

Carrie Hough
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Welfare
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL

Phone: 319-354-1614 (home)
319-631-5699 (cell)

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Friday, May 14, 2010

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Monday, May 10, 2010

International Month of the Doula: Meet the Doulas event

MEET THE DOULAS: Monday, May 24, 7-9 PM; Panera’s Bread Garden, back couch area, Sycamore Mall, 1646 Sycamore St, Iowa City, IA

May is the International Month of the Doula. The Iowa City Doulas is a group of doulas and childbirth educators who serve pregnant women in the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and surrounding area. We are committed to providing women in our community with prenatal, postpartum, labor and birth support.

What is a doula? Doulas offer a variety of services that allow all women to receive the care they deserve during the special time from pregnancy through birth and the early postpartum period. The concept of a doula is an old one. The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning, “a woman who serves.”

Today, the word doula means a supportive person trained in childbirth who provides non-medical support. Birth doulas accompany women and their partners in labor, providing continuous emotional, informational, and physical support. They facilitate communication with caregivers to help clients feel fully informed, provide reassurance, perspective and help with relaxation, positioning and other labor support techniques.

Studies have shown that a doula’s presence at births results in shorter labors with less complications, fewer requests for pain medications and/or epidurals and a reduction in labor-enhancing drugs (Pitocin), forceps, vacuum extraction and cesareans. Postpartum doulas reduce the stress involved in being a new mom. Doula care has also been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of postpartum depression. Doulas like to say that they "mother the mother."

Over 20 years of research have revealed the benefits of continuous doula support during labor:

Reduction in the cesarean section rate (up to 50%)

Reduction in the need for assisted delivery (forceps and vacuum extraction)

A shorter labor (up to 25%)

A reduction in the requests for epidural anesthesia (up to 60%)

A reduction in the use of oxytocin (up to 40%)

An increase success at breastfeeding

Maternal satisfaction with the birth experience, their partner, child and themselves

Increased satisfaction in the experience by the mother’s partner.

Postpartum doulas help new mothers in the early weeks with their new baby. Parents find the additional help with breastfeeding, education on newborn care, errand running, nighttime support and assistance with anything else a new family needs invaluable.