Obstetric coevolution works on the research question of how obstetric practices affect women’s mental health, including postpartum depression. The research consists of organizing co-creation workshops with women and other stakeholders (partners, midwives, obstetricians, and perinatal psychologists, among others) and the use of other participatory tools, such as a co-created survey. We are looking to understand and imagine together new childbirth procedures and codesign new ways of building relationships with the medical community.
Obstetric coevolution (OBCOE) wants to characterize and reduce postpartum depression through coevolving obstetric practices, including women and medical experts.
The OBCOE project aims to bring about real changes for all women who want to become mothers. They could benefit from having a more respected and less medicalised childbirth and, therefore, reducing the probability of suffering postpartum depression.
How to participate
The project has two phases: the first phase consists of 3 types of face-to-face workshops, and the second phase consists of participation in a co-created survey. We count on the active and voluntary involvement of women who have been mothers in the last five years and of all kind of people working around childbirth and postpartum care, such as midwives, obstetricians and perinatal psychologists. We consider both groups of people to be citizen scientists.
Regarding the first phase, the first type of workshop is the Empathy and Documentation workshop with mothers and professionals to identify the fears, concerns, desires and experiences of them or of those accompanying them in childbirth. These workshops identify the challenges that need to be addressed.
The second type of workshop is Ideation. This workshop aims to come up with innovative solutions that address these challenges and prototype them. These solutions can range from local projects to changes in hospital health policies. Also in this workshop, a survey is designed with the aim of generating new scientific knowledge regarding obstetric practices and mental health in the postpartum period.
The last type of workshop is the Test, where the solutions proposed are evaluated and tested to see if they can become a reality and if they respond to the challenges proposed. The co-created survey is also validated.
The second phase consists of collecting responses to the co-created survey, trying to reach as many mothers as possible. Right now we are in this phase and, for the moment, the survey is in Catalan and Spanish. We are working on the English version.
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