Black mothers and birthing people share their hospital birthing experiences during COVID19.
Black birthing communities describe their expectations and needs for a SACRED hospital birth.
SACRED birth honors diverse and inclusive birthing pleasure, practices, partners, and parents.
SACRED birth amplifies Blackness in all forms & expressions and honors Black bodies & lives.
SACRED birth believes Black births are spiritual, transformative, emancipatory, and power-activating.
SACRED birth celebrates the tender kisses between Black babies and Black mothers.
SACRED birth honors the healing presence and touch of our elders, doulas, aunties, mothers, and grandmothers.
SACRED birth honors the strength and comfort between Black babies and their fathers, big brothers, uncles, and guardians.
SACRED birth supports and celebrates Black mothers and birthing people who body feed their Black babies.
SACRED Birth is Black Love.
SACRED Birth is Black Joy.
SACRED Birth is Black Hope.

SACRED Birth During COVID19

The SACRED Birth Study is designed for, by, and with Black mothers and Black birthing people to share information about their patient experiences in hospital settings during labor, birth, and postpartum in six key areas:

Safety, Autonomy, Communication, Racism, Empathy, and Dignity.

Study Overview

 

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Research Topic

Testing a NEW survey that captures patient experiences of obstetric racism during hospital births in a COVID19 pandemic

 

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Location

Online

 

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Compensation

$100 electronic gift card

What is the purpose of this study?

SACRED Birth in the time of COVID19 lifts up and amplifies the voices, lived experiences, wisdom, and humanity of Black mothers and birthing people, Black women-led community-based organizations (CBOs), and Black women scholars.  

The goal of the SACRED Birth study is to test a new survey tool called a Patient-Reported Experience Measure of OBstetric racism, also known as the PREM-OB Scale, that was desgined for, by, and with Black mothers and birthing people.  The PREM-OB Scale allows for Black mothers and birthing people to share information about their unique patient experiences in hospital settings during labor, birth, and postpartum.  The information gained from the PREM-OB Scale will help hospitals, health plans, scientists, funders, and the public better understand how racism and other forms of discrimination and neglect affect the way hospitals provide care, services, and support to Black mothers and birthing people during labor, birth, and postpartum.

Who can join?

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You may be able to join if you...

  • identify as Black or African American
  • are 18 years of age or older
  • gave birth to a live newborn in 2020
  • gave birth in a hospital anywhere in the U.S., with a focus on California or Memphis, TN

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You can't join if you...

  • are 17 years of age or younger
  • gave birth before 1/1/2020
  • had an out of hospital birth
  • can't read and speak English

Frequently asked questions

What will participants be asked to do?

  • Complete a one-time online survey that takes about 1 - 2 hours.

Will participants be paid? 

Participants will receive a $100 electronic gift card via email within 7-10 business days of completing the survey.

 

 

Online Referral & Enrollment Process

For interested participants: 

If you would to like to complete the online self-screening and enrollment process: CLICK HERE

For hospitals, health centers, & health plans:

If you would like to refer your patients to the SACRED Birth study: CLICK HERE

Want more information?

Click below or you can reach the study team by phone at 510-545-2989, or email at [email protected]

CONTACT THE STUDY TEAM AT [email protected]