Current projects include:
Women Taking Charge of Changing Childbirth in BC: Phase 2 of our Changing Childbirth in BC project (see below). Our preliminary analysis of this rich mixed-methods dataset suggests it will reveal detailed information on how model of care and patient-provider communication affect women’s experience of care. Now we must confirm our findings, decide how best to tell these stories, and effect change. We will work with community members to interpret and translate our findings into practice and policy, together we will lead implementation activities targeted at institutions, clinicians, and policymakers. Funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research’s Health Professional-Investigator Award.
- Changing Childbirth in BC, a community-based participatory action research project. In this provincial project, a steering group women of childbearing age from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds engaged multiple stakeholders as well as leaders from NGO’s, researchers, and community agencies to examine women’s experiences with maternity care in British Columbia. Funded by the Vancouver Foundation.
- Shared Decision Making: A toolkit for health professions on collaborative leadership. A project to develop a set of online interactive modules on shared decision-making for and inter-professional teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution around options for care. Funded by UBC TLEF.
- The Movement and Pulse index (MAPi) development of a low-technology clinical prediction tool, Mobile MAPi, based on women’s report of fetal behavior, that can improve our ability to identify fetuses at-risk in low-resource settings (e.g., offices, homes, rural or remote communities). Pilot work funded by a Nelly Auersberg Award from the Women’s Health Research Institute.
- Where and How You Birth (WHY Birth), a project to develop a patient decision aid for choice of model of maternity care and place of birth for Canadian patients. Funded by a Team Grant from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (2017-18).
Funded by the Transforming Birth Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery:
- Giving Voice to Mothers, a participatory action research project to assess how planned place of birth, race and ethnicity interact with maternity care experience and preferences, experiences with discrimination and/or disrespect, and access to options for maternity care and providers. Partners include Choices in Childbirth, Common Sense Childbirth, International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition, Mamas of Color Rising, and Phoenix Midwife.
- A US Birth Place Mapping study that will link maternal and fetal outcomes to birth setting and integration of midwives across the United States.
- The Physiologic Birth Index a Delphi study to develop quality care measure, based on evidence-based indicators, that can be used to assess care in institutions and at the clinical practice level.
Past projects include:
- The Canadian Birth Place Study, national study to describe the opinions and experiences of Canadian obstetricians, family physicians, and midwives of care across birth settings. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.