Preparation for the field

International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Dhaka, Bangladesh

The past few days in Dhaka have been spent on the small, but important details of the research process. We plan to conduct a qualitative analysis comparing women whose most recent delivery was attended by a skilled provider (a doctor, nurse, or midwife) and women whose most recent delivery was not attended by a skilled provider. All of the women we will interview will live in northern rural Bangladesh, live on less than US$2 per day, and live outside of a 5 kilometer radius from a health facility. We will have the opportunity to compare their responses to questions about the benefits and barriers to professional delivery care, perceptions and expectations about childbirth, community norms related to childbirth, and the influence of friends and family members on decisions about delivery care. We will also be interviewing the husbands to better understand their role in the decision-making process about delivery care. When we arrive in the field tomorrow, one of the biggest challenges we expect to face is finding women who have used skilled providers. Based on a survey conducted in the same region earlier this year, less than 10% of the women reported using a skilled provider during her most recent delivery. Fortunately, a local non-governmental organization has staff based in the area who will help us identify these women through the health facilities in the area. I have realized how critical it is to have a local liaison to make these connections when conducting research with such a unique sample of the population.

Will Story

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