GUIDELINES FORBIRTH INTERVIEW, PAPER AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHYFOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

You will interview someone about their experience of pregnancy and birth. Interviewing your own parent(s) and including other family members in the conversation can provide a rich and profound experience. If you are unable to interview your own parent(s) or prefer to choose someone else, please consider a close friend or relative who has given birth. If you are adopted, please email the professor foradoption interview guidelines.

 

You will create a vibrant narrative from the detailed interview.  If this is about your own birth, it is your chance to tell the story of your beginnings!  Describe the experiences, choices and expectations in the process of pregnancy, labor and birth. Personal feelings and reflections will provide context into the complex nature of the process. Be sure to cover all the Interview Questions but, remember to be creative and delve deeper, be curious and ask open ended questions.Include the feelings brought on by pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood from both parents. We strongly encourage baby or family photos to enhance your paper.

 

After the interview, you will choose a topic of interest to research. Select two current, scholarly articles to create two Annotated Bibliographies. Within the Birth Paper, you will integrate a highlight or two from both research articles to demonstrate deeper inquiry regarding your topic of interest. These details may be brief quotes, statistics or an aspect of the research findings to clarify information in the interview.The bulk of the Birth Paper will be the birth story, while the Annotated Bibliographies provide greater detail from the research articles about yourtopic of interest. Please use numeric citation within the Birth Paper: it is not necessary to write the title of the article with the name of the journal and all authors within the narrative.

 

BIRTH INTERVIEW PROCESS:

  1. Choose someone to interview about their pregnancy and childbirth experience.
  2. Face-to-face interview is strongly encouraged. Skype or FaceTime is a good alternative.  Phone conversation would be the last choice. DO NOT EMAIL THE LIST OF QUESTIONS: it does not constitute an interview. Personal interaction and connection during the interview process will provide depth in the story of your paper.  Please note interview method in paper.
  3. Address ALL INTERVIEW CONTENT listed below during your interview and in paper.
  4. Consider going beyond the questions or digging deeper in areas of interest. Be curious,,creative and sensitive during the interview. Include any interesting social or cultural perspectives.
  5. Ask open-ended questions, for example:“Tell me what you remember about when you became pregnant for the first time”; “How did your pregnancies differ?”; “How did you make your decision to breast feed or bottle feed?”; “Do you think you would make different choices today?” etc.
  6. Ask for personal reflection from the interviewee about the interview opportunity. Your own personal reflection to this interview process is also important in your conclusion.

 

BIRTH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: (include all items in paper)

  1. Who is your interviewee: mom, sister, aunt, friend? Include other parent(s) if available.
  2. Method of interview: in person, FaceTime, phone call (DO NOT EMAIL QUESTIONS)
  3. Interviewee’s age while pregnant and year of pregnancy(ies) and current age.
  4. Details about the relationship that created the pregnancy (where, when, how did they meet? Length of relationship prior to pregnancy? did they marry? Current status?)
  5. Contraceptive choices before, during after pregnancies & now.
  6. Planned or surprise pregnancy?
  7. Reaction of the woman and partner about pregnancy. Reaction of family?
  8. Obstetrical history: number of pregnancies, miscarriages, abortions, stillbirths
  9. Signs and symptoms: morning sickness, cravings, weight gain, other?
  10. Pregnancy interventions: infertility treatments, prenatal testing, ultrasound, etc.
  11. Pregnancy complications: diabetes, high blood pressure, Rh- blood, bleeding etc.
  12. Attended childbirth classes – why or why not? Other methods of preparing for birth.
  13. Health Care Providers: obstetrician, midwife, family practitioner, doula
  14. Birth environment: home, birth center, hospital. Why did she choose this environment?
  15. Labor support at birth: who was there? Were they helpful? Why or why not?
  16. Rupture of Membranes: how, when, where did her “water break”?
  17. Length of labor and interventions during labor: fetal monitoring, induction, IVs etc.
  18. Comfort measures: massage, aromatherapy, music, medications, epidural.
  19. Type of delivery: vaginal, c-section, forceps, vacuum extraction, premature
  20. Newborn outcomes: weight, APGAR, gestational age/preemie, difficulties/complications at birth (jaundice etc), newborn tests or interventions? circumcision?
  21. Feeding: How did she decide to breast or bottle feed. If breast fed: how long? When were solid foods introduced?
  22. Baby sleep habits, fussy or calm. If other siblings, how did they react?
  23. Postpartum support: partner, mother, siblings, friends, groups.
  24. Postpartum recovery: how did she feel physically afterwards? How long did it take to physically “feel normal” again?
  25. Postpartum emotions: how did she feel emotionally after having a baby? Was it different than she expected? “Baby blues” or postpartum depression?
  26. Postpartum contraception: Contraception after pregnancy and/or between pregnancies. Contraceptive choices now.
  27. Relationship: How did the relationship between interviewee and her partner change during the pregnancy-childbirth-postpartum process?
  28. Work and childcare: How did having a baby affect work choices for parent(s)? What choices were made regarding childcare?
  29. Medical Technology: How did the use of, or lack of use, medical technology impact experiences and outcomes? (infertility, prenatal testing, labor andbirth interventions, newborn care.)
  30. Interviewee reflections about the interview process. Did they enjoy this opportunity to share their story? Note: reflections about their pregnancy and birth should be included throughout the paper.
  31. Personal reflection about the interview: How do you feel after this interview? Did you enjoy the opportunity to have this discussion? What did you learn about the interviewee and about birth from physical, emotional, and social perspectives? Were there any surprises? Do you feel any differently now, about yourself, your family, your parents or your options of having children?Your own thoughts and reflections about the interview should be explored in your conclusion. This is an important part of this process.
  32. Did your interviewee have multiple pregnancies or birth experiences? The expectation is that at least one pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum will be covered in detail but, include all experiences in the story of her reproductive history. Tell the story chronologically even if comparing experiences. The outcome of any pregnancy may be miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, vaginal birth or C-section, birth and surrender for adoption.

 

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES:

  1. Choose one topic of interest to research from the interview.
  2. Selecttwo articles which are current (<7yrs) in-depth research about the topic of interest from peer-reviewed, scholarly journal.
  3. Annotated Bibliography for EACH article (2) should include:
    • Reference citation of article (APA, MLA, ASAformat)
    • Summarize article in your own words.
    • Feedback regarding the usefulness of the article.
    • Information on the reliability of the resource cited.
    • Comment on any bias in the article.
    • 500 words minimum for EACH (two) Annotated Bibliography.
    • Times New Roman 12pt font, 1” margins, double-spaced

 

Helpful hints when selecting articles for Annotated Bibliography:

  • Do not use Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, newspapers or general healthcare websites such as Babycenter.com for your annotated bibliography.
  • If you need to use general sources to obtain definitions or background information about a topic, please include it in your references list (no annotation needed).
  • Only two sources need to be annotated.
  • Resources for writing papers and correct formatting of references: http://www.unh.edu/writing/cwc/handouts/

 

BIRTH PAPER:

You will create a vibrant narrative from the detailed interview.  If this is about your own birth, it is your chance to tell the story of your beginnings!  Describe the experiences, choices and expectations in the process of pregnancy, labor and birth. Personal feelings and reflections will provide context into the complex nature of the process. Be sure to cover all the Interview Questions but, remember to be creative and delve deeper, be curious and ask open ended questions.Include the feelings brought on by pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood from both parents. You will integrate a highlight or two from both research articles to demonstrate deeper inquiry regarding your topic of interest. These details may be brief quotes, statistics or an aspect of the research findings to clarify information in the interview.The bulk of the Birth Paper will be the birth story, while the Annotated Bibliographies provide greater detail from the research articles about yourtopic of interest.We strongly encourage baby or family photos to enhance your paper.

 

BIRTH PAPER FORMAT:

  • 4 to 6 pages (1250 – 1500 words)
  • Times New Roman 12pt font, 1” margins, double-spaced
  • Header (no title page needed for Canvas submission):
    • Your last name, first name
    • Date
    • NURS450 Birth Paper: Prof. Niland
    • Word Count

 

Helpful Hints when writing the BIRTH PAPER:

  • Write in the first person, from your personal perspective. Tell me the story you learned from the interview. You can say, “My parents met on the Jersey Shore in 1992.” or “My nephew was an unexpected surprise since my sister was only sixteen.” or, “My mom loved being pregnant!”
  • DO NOT write from the mother’s voice, it makes me think she wrote the paper.
  • DO NOT repeatedly write “I asked..”, “She said…”, it is tedious to read.
  • DO NOT submit a list of the Q&A your paper.
  • Proof-read. Consider UNH Online Writing Lab if needed.

 

*Late, incomplete or Q&A format submissions will not be accepted or graded.

*If you have technical difficulties with the Canvas document, please contact ATSC. No late papers will be accepted. (If you email me at 11:45pm and say “it didn’t work”, you had better send a copy of your completed paper in the email and plan to follow-up with tech support to get it submitted on Canvas in a timely manner.)

 

SUMMER DUE DATES:

See Course Calendar (items in green) for items to submit:

  1. Plan for interview: (Who, When, How?) Due in MODULE 2: Wednesday
  2. Topic of interest for research (interview complete) Due in MODULE 3: Friday
  3. Annotated Bibliography Due in MODULE 4: Wednesday
  4. Birth Paper Due in MODULE 5: Friday

Please note: Plagiarism software will evaluate all submissions.

 

RUBRICS:

See next page for Rubrics.

The items “Plans for Interview” and “Topic of Interest” are each  one point and do not have a rubric.