Supporting Birth & Breastfeeding Research

Here’s three opportunities to use your social media networks to pay it forward!

Help these amazing researchers get the data they need to tell us all more about birth and breastfeeding. Please share each of these with your birth and breastfeeding communities.

How does evidence-based information about pregnancy and birth get shared online?

We are *so* excited about this one!

Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, of the rock-solid blog Evidence-Based Birth has launched a new research project designed to help us learn more about people find evidence-based information about birth, and how they share evidence-based information about birth.  The quick survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Learn more and share Rebecca’s post here.

She’s hoping for 3,000 participants, so please share this far and wide. Questions? You can reach her at her blog or tweet her here.

Learning about the physiologic barriers to breastfeeding.

We know remarkably little about women who are physically incapable of producing sufficient milk, even after other breastfeeding challenges have been solved. That’s why Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC of the normal, like breathing blog, along with her co-investigator Penny Liberatos, Ph.D, has launched this important research project. She is looking for mothers who know or suspect they have low milk production due to mammary hypoplasia/insufficient glandular tissue (IGT).

Please share this study widely, but particularly with moms you know have experienced this challenge.

Learn more and share Diana’s post here.

Questions for Diana? You can reach her via e-mail at

Help women learn about their birth options.

BirthSwell has been helping the researchers at Maternal Quality of Care Indicator (MQI) Working Group gather data for an important project designed to help expectant women learn about their birth options. A key goal of the effort is to involve stakeholders – pregnant mothers-to-be – in every stage of the work.

The goal of this phase is to better understand what matters most to women about their care during pregnancy and birth, who they trust when seeking information and making decisions, and where they go to gather that information.

They are particularly seeking to reach two groups that often are underrepresented in birth research: women of color and teens.

Here’s the link to share the research.

Questions about this project? Contact MQI here.

All of these studies have IRB approval, which means you can feel confident that the participants and the information gathered will be ethically treated.

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