Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
Active analysis and knowledge translation projects: qualitative and quantitative data generated by participatory maternity care research: Changing Childbirth in BC, Giving Voice to Mothers - US (participatory research on experiences of maternity care and disparities), Access and Integration Maternity Care Mapping study (links between regulatory frameworks and disparities), Giving Voice to Mothers - Canada (measuring respectful maternity care - CIHR funded 5 year project)
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.
- Advancing quality and safety of perinatal services in India: opportunities for effective midwifery integration (2022)
Health Policy and Planning,
- Coercion and non‐consent during birth and newborn care in the United States (2022)
- Preterm and low birthweight birth in the United States: Black midwives speak of causality, prevention, and healing (2022)
- Transdisciplinary Imagination: Addressing Equity and Mistreatment in Perinatal Care (2022)
Maternal and Child Health Journal, 26 (4), 674--681
- “I fought my entire way”: Experiences of declining maternity care services in British Columbia (2021)
- “I had to fight for my VBAC”: A mixed methods exploration of women’s experiences of pregnancy and vaginal birth after cesarean in the United States (2021)
- Examining obstetric interventions and respectful maternity care in Hungary: Do informal payments for continuity of care link to quality? (2021)
Birth, 48 (3), 309--318
- I felt so much conflict instead of joy: an analysis of open-ended comments from people in British Columbia who declined care recommendations during pregnancy and childbirth. (2021)
- Kairos care in a Chronos world: Midwifery care as model of resistance and accountability in public health settings (2021)
- Perinatal outcomes of planned home birth after cesarean and planned hospital vaginal birth after cesarean at term gestation in British Columbia, Canada: A retrospective population‐based cohort study (2021)
Birth, 48 (3), 301--308
- I felt so much conflict instead of joy: An analysis of narratives from pregnant people in British Columbia who declined care recommendations (2020)
- Measuring respect and autonomy in Dutch maternity care: Applicability of two measures (2020)
Women and Birth, 33 (5), e447-e454
- Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care during a Pandemic (2020)
Health Equity, 4 (1), 330-333
- The role of midwifery and other international insights for maternity care in the United States: An analysis of four countries (2020)
Birth, 47 (4), 332--345
- Community Versus Out-of-Hospital Birth: What's in a Name? (2019)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 64 (1), 9-11
- Patient-led decision making: Measuring autonomy and respect in Canadian maternity care (2019)
Patient Education and Counseling, 102 (3), 586--594
- The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States (2019)
Reproductive Health, 16 (1)
- Asking Different Questions: A Call to Action for Research to Improve the Quality of Care for Every Woman, Every Child (2018)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 63 (5), 516-517
- Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomes (2018)
PLOS ONE, 13 (2), e0192523
- Maternal and perinatal outcomes by planned place of birth among women with low-risk pregnancies in high-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis (2018)
Midwifery, 62, 240-255
- Reduced prevalence of small-for-gestational-age and preterm birth for women of low socioeconomic position: A population-based cohort study comparing antenatal midwifery and physician models of care (2018)
BMJ Open, 8 (10)
- Through the resident lens: examining knowledge and attitudes about midwifery among physician trainees (2018)
Journal of Interprofessional Care,
- Assessing quality of maternity care in Hungary: Expert validation and testing of the mother-centered prenatal care (MCPC) survey instrument (2017)
Reproductive Health, 14 (1)
- Corrigendum to “Is model of care associated with infant birth outcomes among vulnerable women? A scoping review of midwifery-led versus physician-led care” [SSM – Population Health 2 (2016) 182–193] (S2352827316000215) (10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.01.007)) (2017)
SSM - Population Health, 3, 817
- Informal cash payments for birth in Hungary: Are women paying to secure a known provider, respect, or quality of care? (2017)
Social Science and Medicine, 189, 86-95
- The Mother's autonomy in decision making (MADM) scale: Patient-led development and psychometric testing of a new instrument to evaluate experience of maternity care (2017)
PLoS ONE, 12 (2)
- The Mothers on Respect (MOR) index: measuring quality, safety, and human rights in childbirth (2017)
SSM - Population Health, 3, 201-210
- The ResQu Index: A new instrument to appraise the quality of research on birth place (2017)
PLoS ONE, 12 (8)
- Is model of care associated with infant birth outcomes among vulnerable women? A scoping review of midwifery-led versus physician-led care (2016)
SSM - Population Health, 2, 182-193
- A Crusade Against Home Birth (2014)
Birth, 41 (1), 1-4
- Development and validation of a national data registry for midwife-led births: The midwives alliance of North America statistics project 2.0 dataset (2014)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59 (1), 8-16
- Home birth in north America: Attitudes and practice of US certified nurse-midwives and Canadian registered midwives (2014)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59 (2), 141-152
- Outcomes of care for 16,924 planned home births in the United States: The midwives alliance of North America statistics project, 2004 to 2009 (2014)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59 (1), 17-27
- The Canadian birth place study: Examining maternity care provider attitudes and interprofessional conflict around planned home birth (2014)
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14 (1)
- Transfer from planned home birth to hospital: Improving interprofessional collaboration (2014)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 59 (6), 624-634
- Moral science: ethical argument and the production of knowledge about place of birth. (2013)
The Journal of clinical ethics,
- In search of a common agenda for planned home birth in america. (2012)
The Journal of perinatal education,
- The Canadian Birth Place Study: Describing maternity practice and providers' exposure to home birth (2012)
Midwifery, 28 (5), 600-608
- Assessing Certified Nurse-Midwives' Attitudes Towards Planned Home Birth (2010)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 55 (2), 133-142
- Roundtable discussion: "No one can condemn you to a C-section!" (2010)
Birth, 37 (3), 245-251
- Nurse-midwives' experiences with planned home birth: Impact on attitudes and practice (2009)
Birth, 36 (4), 274-282
- The experience of planned home birth: Views of the first 500 women (2009)
Birth, 36 (4), 297-304
- What do Certified Nurse-Midwives Believe? Measuring CNM Attitudes Towards Planned Home Birth (2009)
Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 54 (5), 425--425
- Closing the Theory-Practice Gap: Intrapartum Midwifery Management of Planned Homebirths (2007)
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 52 (3), 291-300
- Home birth versus hospital birth: Questioning the quality of the evidence on safety (2003)
Birth, 30 (1), 57-63
- Guidelines for client selection in the home birth midwifery practice (1995)
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 40 (6), 508-521
- The Squatting Position for the Second Stage of labor: Effects on labor and on Maternal and Fetal Well‐Being (1993)
Birth, 20 (2), 73-78