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Dr Sharon Perrella
School of Molecular Sciences, M310
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
+61 8 6488 1208
Online Survey Participation Form
Women’s experiences of establishing breastfeeding after a Caesarean birth
Names of researchers:
Sarah Abelha, Ms Jacki McEachran, A/Prof Stuart Prosser, Dr Demelza Ireland, Prof Donna Geddes and Dr Sharon Perrella.
You are invited to participate in a project examining women’s experiences of breastfeeding in the days and weeks after a Caesarean birth. You are asked to take part in this project because you have had a Caesarean birth and breastfed your baby within the last 12 months.
Aim of the study (What is the project about?)
Women who give birth by Caesarean are more likely to have a delay in breastfeeding their baby after the birth, and more likely to stop breastfeeding sooner than women that have a vaginal birth. It is important that we understand women’s experiences of breastfeeding after a Caesarean birth so that we can improve their breastfeeding support.
The aim of this study is to find out factors that negatively and positively affected women’s experiences of establishing breastfeeding after a Caesarean birth.
What does participation involve?
We would like you to complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Voluntary participation and withdrawal from the study
Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time without giving an explanation by exiting the survey. Incomplete surveys will be discarded. However, as the survey is anonymous, we will not be able to identify you and so cannot remove your data.
Your participation in this study and any information you provide will be treated in a confidential manner. The data will be stored on secure servers at The University of Western Australia and only approved researchers will be able to access data for statistical analysis. We anticipate that we will present these data in oral and poster presentations at conferences and the results will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The data will be kept in a non-identifiable format on the secure server for minimum seven years.
We do not anticipate any benefits to participants in completing this study. We expect that findings from this study will contribute to the development of improved breastfeeding support that meets the needs of women after a Caesarean birth in the future. Any publications that result from this study will be announced via our group social media platforms eg Facebook and can be provided on request.
Possible risks and risk management plan
There are no foreseeable risks to participation in this research. However, if you feel upset or distressed as a result of your participation in the survey, please consider accessing the services listed below, or talk to your family doctor.
PANDA National Helpline (Mon to Fri, 9am – 7.30pm AEST) 1300 726 306
Beyond Blue (available 24 hours) 1300 224 636
If you would like to discuss any aspect of this study, please feel free to contact Dr Sharon Perrella on (work) 08 6488 1208 or email [email protected]
Approval to conduct this research has been provided by the University of Western Australia, in accordance with its ethics review and approval procedures. Any person considering participation in this research project, or agreeing to participate, may raise any questions or issues with the researchers at any time. In addition, any person not satisfied with the response of researchers may raise ethics issues or concerns, and may make any complaints about this research project by contacting the Human Ethics office at UWA on (08) 6488 4703 or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org All research participants are entitled to retain a copy of any Participant Information Form and/or Participant Consent Form relating to this research project.
I have read the information provided and any questions I have asked have been answered to my satisfaction. I agree to participate in this research project, realizing that I may withdraw at any time without reason and without prejudice.
I understand that all identifiable information that I provide is treated as confidential and will not be released by the investigator in any form that may identify me unless I have consented to this. The only exception to this principle of confidentiality is if this information is required by law to be released.
I agree to participate in this research project, and I understand that withdrawal is not possible once data is submitted.