Participate in Our Research

Thank you for your interest in participating in our research! We are currently recruiting participants for two of our studies (outlined in more detail below). We greatly appreciate your involvement–if you have any questions please reach out to us by email par.lab@ubc.ca or phone 250-519-5390 (ext. 36439).

Fear of Childbirth Study


Are you pregnant and very afraid of childbirth? Is your fear interfering with you functioning or causing you distress?

We are currently recruiting therapy clients!

To fill out our survey, please click here.

To be eligible you must be

  • pregnant,
  • residing in Canada,
  • 19 years or older, and
  • experiencing high levels of fear of childbirth.

Participation requires up to 1 hour of your time beginning with a brief online survey and a 45-minute telephone interview. You will be asked about your background, reproductive history, current pregnancy, feelings about childbirth as well as anxiety-related symptoms you may be experiencing.

To fill out our survey, please click here.

Fears of childbirth are common, and as many as one out of every four women reports fears related to childbirth. These fears have been associated with a number of birth-related and mental health difficulties.

This study extension aims to better understand the nature of childbirth fear and to determine which mental health difficulties are most relevant to childbirth related fear, so that in future women seeking support may be offered specific interventions designed according to the nature of their difficulties.

To fill out our survey, please click here.

New Mothers’ Thoughts of Harm


Are you a new mother? Is your baby 0-12 months old?

If you said yes to both questions, we would be grateful to hear from you!

To fill out our survey, please click here.

To be eligible you must be

  • a new mother,
  • have a 0-12 month old baby
  • speak English, and
  • live in any of Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand.

Participants are asked to complete an anonymous online survey. Participation will require approximately 45 minutes of your time.

In appreciation of your time and energy, we will provide you with personalized feedback to any of the optional questionnaires you complete at the end of the survey.

To fill out our survey, please click here.

Most new mothers experience unwanted thoughts about harm coming to their infant. These thoughts can be about accidental or intentional harm, and may be upsetting to the women who experience them. The purpose of this research is to learn more about the relationship of these kinds of thoughts to new mothers’ experience of depression, anxiety and parenting.

To fill out our survey, please click here.