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Postpartum women! Help out others by participating in a research study!
Postpartum women! Help out others by participating in a research study! Istock/damircudic

Two researchers are calling for participants in a research study about how the postpartum period is for new moms, physically, mentally and sexually. The researchers are Caroline Pukall, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Jaclyn Cappell, B.A., M.Sc. Candidate, in the Department of Psychology, both of Queen’s University in Canada.

You are being invited to participate in a research study directed by two researchers in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University. This study seeks to understand factors involved in adjusting to the postpartum period. Dr. Pukall and Ms. Cappell are interested in physical, mental and sexual health factors and how they relate to pain in the postpartum period.

Dr. Pukall and Ms. Cappell say that many women will experience pain after they give birth. For some women, this pain will last for weeks, months or even years after childbirth. While the immediate pain after childbirth is usually related to factors directly related to the birth, such as vaginal tearing or a C-section incision, the research suggests that persistent postpartum pain is more complex and involves factors spanning physical, psychological, and sexual domains. They would like to examine these factors in women who experience persistent post-partum pain.

In order to participate, you must be a woman who has had a live birth within the past twelve months. You must also speak, read and write English fluently, and be 18 years of age or older.Birth workers! Check it out!

If you are interested in helping out and furthering the body of research about postpartum women, regarding physical, mental and sexual functioning, please click this link. You'll be directed to the study introduction and how it entails to be a participant.