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Why are researchers at the University of Alberta doing this study?

For every 5 women who are pregnant or just had a baby, 1 woman will experience stress, anxiety, or mood problems. That means that stress, anxiety, and depression are more common that most other health problems that women develop during pregnancy or after they have a baby. Yet, only 10% of women in Canada who struggle with stress, anxiety, or mood problems actually receive the help that they need. This is partly due to the fact that many healthcare providers do not routinely assess women’s mood in pregnancy or after they have a baby AND many women do not feel comfortable raising the issue on their own. As a result, women’s struggles are not detected, and the problem continues unnecessarily. In some other countries (for example, United Kingdom and Australia), all pregnant women and those who have given birth have the opportunity to be asked about whether they are experiencing mood or anxiety problems and this is a first step to giving help to women who need support. However, we need to understand how best to ask women who are pregnant or have just had a baby about mood and anxiety problems so that women will feel comfortable sharing their concerns with their healthcare provider.

What can you do to help?

If you were assessed or asked about depression or anxiety problems while you were pregnant or after you had a baby, we invite you to share your thoughts and experiences If you have never been assessed or asked about mood or anxiety problems in pregnancy or after delivery, we would still like to hear about how you would like your healthcare provider to approach this sensitive topic.

 This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete

The survey is anonymous and your information is completely confidential. When you submit your survey, the information is sent by a secure, encrypted process to the computer server at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine.

Who can join this study?

Please complete the survey if you are:

– currently pregnant OR
– you have just had a baby and your baby is 12 moths old or less

University of Alberta Ethics Approval

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time by not submitting your survey. By submitting the survey you are giving your consent to participate in the study. Please understand that your answers will be completely confidential. Should you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr. Dawn Kingston at (780) 492-4731. This study has been reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please feel free to contact the University of Alberta Human Researtch Ethics Board at (780) 492-0459.