Please see below an enquiry Mumsnet has received from a researcher who is keen to get feedback from Mumsnetters. Please add any feedback you may have; this will help her plan her research. Many thanks, Mumsnet Norfolk.
I am a Norfolk midwife undertaking research for a PhD at the UEA. My Research will take the form of case studies of two midwifery led birth units, looking specifically at midwifery practice in these units. Neither will be in Norfolk. I will be obtaining full clearance from an Ethics Committee and from the Birth Units themselves before I begin the study, and women and midwives will have to give voluntary consent to take part.
I recognise that having a researcher in the birthing room may cause distraction and disturbance so would like to minimise this. I will not be participating in care. I will be observing.
My questions are:
How can I cause as little disruption as possible? Where should I place myself in the birthing room? Would it matter whether I used pen and paper or an electronic tablet to record what I observe? How could I ensure I do not interfere in the relationship between women and midwife?
I think just be friendly & someone to chat to. Problem is that MWs usually come & go during labour, so if you stay, you'll be the only person there possibly alone with mother +partner. Being a support just by being sympathetic or someone friendly to chat to between ctx could be very nice. Could make yourself useful by offering to get culpas or fetch MW.
For me, in full labour, I would barely notice you were there.