Researchers at Colorado State University, Saint Louis University, and California State University San Bernardino want to understand your experiences with combining pregnancy, parenthood, and work.
The workplace plays an important role in the experience of caregiving and parenthood. Parenthood impacts the process of parental leave and return to work.
We invite you to be part of this important study so that we can learn from your experiences! Your participation will be a major contribution toward increasing our understanding about working parents, well-being, and work/life balance.
7 Questions You Might Ask:
1. Who is asked to participate?
Pregnant working women who are 18 years old or older who are pregnant and not carrying multiples. Ideally we would like you to join us before your 35th week of pregnancy, in your second trimester or the beginning of your third trimester to complete a survey online. Participation is voluntary and you may stop participating at any time. We will also invite your spouse/partner to participate so we can hear about their experiences too.
2. What are we trying to learn in this study?
We want to learn about…
3. Will I be compensated for my time?
Yes! We understand the tricky balance of work, parenthood, and caregiving. We know your time is very valuable – and limited! The success of this study depends completely on parents like you. In gratitude for your time, you can receive up to $125 for participating: $10 for each of 5 online surveys and a $25 bonus for completing all five, plus another opportunity to earn $50. If your spouse/partner participates, they will receive $10 for each of two completed surveys.
4. How long will the study last and what do I have to do?
There are seven parts to the study that span from pregnancy to 12 months after having your baby:
If you complete all 5 online surveys, you will receive a $25 bonus.
5. You mentioned that part of this study is about breastfeeding. What happens if I stop breastfeeding or choose not to?
We would still like you to participate! It is important to us to learn about your experiences regardless of how you feed your baby.
6. How will my answers be used?
Results from this study will…
7. Who will be able to access my data?
The researchers at Colorado State University, Saint Louis University, and California State University San Bernardino will be the only people to see your answers. Your name and any other identifying information will not be linked to your responses at any point during the study. All information is strictly confidential.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us!
Sleep Watch Information
Once you return to work, you may have the opportunity to participate in an additional sleep watch data collection. If you are invited and willing to participate in this portion of the study, we will ask you to wear the sleep watch for two-weeks straight and will compensate you $25 for your time and effort. Following the data collection, we will share with you a report of your sleep data.
The wristwatch-like devices contain a small instrument called an accelerometer that measures your activity. The devices and associated software use this activity data to identify periods that you were likely sleeping. Additionally, the watches contain a small sensor that records light data. The watches do not have the ability to record audio, video, or location information, just activity and light.
If you participate in the sleep watch portion of the study, the researchers will combine your sleep data with other study participants to better understand how work, home, and parenting experiences influence sleeping patterns.