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Pitt+Me Weight Stigma and Breastfeeding Study


STUDY BASICS

Are you between 28-40+ weeks pregnant and planning to breastfeed? Was your pre-pregnancy weight considered overweight or obese? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about the impact of weight stigma on breastfeeding outcomes. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE
Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mother and baby, but research has shown that pregnant women who are overweight or obese are less likely to breastfeed compared to women without pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity. The purpose of this study is to find out if experiencing weight stigma, such as negative stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice, has an effect on breastfeeding outcomes in women who are overweight or obese. Researchers hope their findings will lead to a better understanding of the challenges that women face when breastfeeding and improve patient-healthcare provider communication in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • Women ages 18 and up
  • 28-40+ weeks pregnant
  • Planning to breastfeed
  • Able to speak, read, and write in English
  • Pre-pregnancy BMI greater than or equal to 25 (BMI calculator: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm)

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
This study will involve completing a weight stigma questionnaire during the third trimester of pregnancy and again at 3 months after delivery. The questionnaires will be administered in person, online, or via telephone. Some individuals will be invited to complete a 30-45 minute interview on your experience communicating with your healthcare provider. The interview may be completed in person or via telephone.
IRB:
  STUDY19050061 - Weight Stigma Related to Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Outcomes

Age Range
AGE:   18 and Up

Duration DURATION:  3-6 months
VISITS:  Multiple visits (in-person, by phone, or online)

Location LOCATION: 
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
Compensation COMPENSATION: 

$25 gift card for completing the study

Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Rachel Dieterich

Rachel Dieterich, MSN, RN, is a graduate of Saint Francis University and a PhD nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Dieterich’s research interests include psychosocial barriers to breastfeeding and the impact of weight stigma on health promotion behaviors. She is also interested in how patient perception of communication with providers influences their own health behaviors.




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