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I am an RN-BSN student at the moment and have been a doula/CBE in the past, considering the midwifery route for my future career.<br><br>
I just started an honors program where we design our own research study (either qualitative or quantitative) which can be our own work or a survey of the available literature on a topic.<br><br>
I am interested in doing something birth/babies related (duh!) but am having a hard time narrowing my scope of interest. I am specifically interested in birth trauma and unexpected outcomes (something like the experience of cesarean birth for women who had planned for natural childbirth?) what factors create the experience of trauma vs. acceptance of the unforseen event?<br><br>
I figured if I started a spark here I could have a wildfire of ideas on my hands, so since you guys don't have to do any of the work, let 'em rip! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I've had the following idea rattling around in my head for a while and I might not be able to do it for my own master's thesis so I am offering it up to you.<br><br>
Looking at the various childbirth education programs (and length of them) offered in your area and seeing if there is a correlation between the type of and length of an educational program the mother took vs. the # of interventions and positive birth experience. I'd be tempted to see if the mother took other classes such as breastfeeding separately the outcomes from that... too
 

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Thank you! I was thinking about some kind o survey of classes just this morning! I thought about considering the latter part of your question, more about birth satisfaction because I've often wondered ifwe do moe harm than good sometimes...
 

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This is a good article to read that will give you a starting point:<br><br>
Ford, E., Ayers, S., Wright, D. (2009). Measurement of Maternal Perceptions of Support and Control in Birth. Journal of Women’s Health. 18(2), 245.
 

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How about comparing infant health outcomes in births where there was a doula present and where there wasn't?
 
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