Abstract: Conducting video-research in birth settings raises challenges for ethics review boards to view birthing women and research-midwives as capable, autonomous decision-makers.
This study aimed to gain an understanding of how the ethical approval process was experienced and to chronicle the perceived risks and benefits.
The Birth Unit Design project was a 2012 Australian ethnographic study that used video recording to investigate the physical design features in the hospital birthing space that might influence both verbal and non-verbal communication and the experiences of childbearing women, midwives and supporters.
Six women, 11 midwives and 11 childbirth supporters were filmed during the women’s labours in hospital birth units and interviewed 6 weeks later.
Keywords: Australian ethical process, birth unit design, childbirth, ethical approval challenges, midwifery, video ethnograph women’s experiences of labour and birth
Harte JD, Homer CS, Sheehan A, Leap N, Foureur M. (2015) Using video in childbirth research: Ethical approval challenges. Nursing Ethics. 2015 Jul 24. pii: 0969733015591073