Interview someone who has been through pregnancy and childbirth relatively recently (ideally, within the last five years)
.When conducting the interview, tell the individual that you will be sharing the interview results with your instructor, but that you will not include her name.
Reassure the individual that confidentiality will be maintained and that they may opt to skip any questions that make them uncomfortable.
If you write this paper about your own pregnancy, be sure to write it in a way that the reader does not know it is you.DO NOT USE REAL NAMES in your paper.This purpose of this interview is to understand the importance of prenatal development and the birth experiences (Chapters 2 & 3). This period of the human lifespan sets the stage for all development that follows.
Ask the individual questions that help you learn about the following aspects of pregnancy and childbirth (note: not all questions may relate):
1. Planning for Pregnancy: What, if anything, did the subject do in anticipation of getting pregnant? If it was not planned, what was that like for the woman?
2. Confirming Pregnancy: What were the physical and emotional signs that subject experienced (if any)? How was the pregnancy verified? How long did subject wait to confirm pregnancy?
3. Prenatal Care: How much prenatal care did the individual receive? How was an obstetrician/midwife chosen (if chosen)? How far along in pregnancy was it when subject first saw the midwife/doctor? Any special tests? Advice given by medical personnel regarding: Diet? Weight gain? Exercise? Stress? Teratogens?
4. Family’s Reaction and Advice:How does the subject’s family culture view pregnancy and treat the expectant mother? Did she receive support from father of baby or other individual(s)/partner? What was that like?
5. Changes in Subject’s Life:What was it like to be pregnant? To wear maternity clothes? Physical health? Eating? Emotions and attitudes? Learning about pregnancy and childbirth? Gathering equipment and clothes for the baby? How comfortable or uncomfortable was pregnancy? Any surprises?
6. Delivery Plan: Did the individual have a plan? Why or why not? What was the plan? Did the individual take a tour? What kind of birthing facility? Childbirth classes? Labor coach? Doula?
7. Labor: What were the physical signs that labor was starting (if labor was experienced)? How long was first stage of labor (if experienced)? What kind of medication (if used)? What kind of delivery (vaginal, C-section)? Who was present? Complications? Anything unexpected? What helped during this part of the experience?
8. Baby’s Condition at Birth: What was the baby like after birth? Any problems? Size of baby? What tests were done on the baby? Any special care for the baby?
9. Bonding with Baby: Subject’s feelings immediately after birth about the baby? Who cut the baby’s umbilical cord? What was feeding and caring for the baby like right after birth? Did she feel competent to cope with motherhood? Any baby blues or postpartum depression? What support occurred after birth?NOTE: If a father or other partner is available to interview with the woman for this assignment, you are welcome to get that individual’s perspective. This is not a requirement as there are many different kinds of pregnancies, families, and experiences.
Your Pregnancy Interview Response (This is what you turn in!)
The pregnancy interview paper must contain the three sections below. Please use the provided template (which has been posted in several formats; if you are unable to get one of those to open, contact the instructor immediately).
Section 1 – Interview summary: In the first part of your paper, summarize the responses regarding the 9 topics above. Provide a double spaced paragraph for each topic. Do not write word-for-word what the individual said. Instead, share the highlights and main points for each of the sections. Do not skip any sections and ensure that your summary is thoughtful and thorough. If your subject skipped any questions, please note this. Do not include real names in the paper or any identifying information.
Section 2 – Analysis: After finding out about the mother’s experience, compare what she shared to what you have been learning in the class. This is your analysis section. Make three (3) connections between the interview and the course material. You must cite a page number for each connection. These connections should be specific. This should be one to three paragraphs long.
Section 3 – Application: Lastly, discuss what you learned from doing this interview. You may have learned something about pregnancy or childbirth. You may have learned something about the variety of experiences women may have. Share what you feel was a useful lesson from this interview and how you could use what you learned in your own life or how others could benefit from knowing what you learned. This should be about two paragraphs in length.