With a few exceptions needed to show you the correct questions, you do not have to answer any questions
in this survey. At the conclusion of the survey, if you are currently EPing you be invited to participate in the second phase of this study involving follow up surveys.
Potential Risks and Discomforts
There are no known or foreseeable risks inherent in completing the survey. You may experience negative emotions when faced with questions about your breastfeeding journey and/or postpartum experience: no questions that could possibly pose this risk are mandatory and you are free to exit the survey at any time
There are no direct benefits from participation in this study. However, you may feel a sense of relief or catharsis from the act of sharing you story. In addition, I hope that, in the future, other people might benefit from this study through improved understanding of EPing. As this study aims to help to identify the information that would be useful to this population, one of the future benefits could be that women are provided with correct information about EPing earlier when it can be of the most use to them.
Any potential loss of confidentiality will be minimized because the data is secured through the Qualtrics survey software, which assigns you a random participant number, rather than identifying your responses by your name. No attempt will be made to gather identifying information about you. The exception is if you indicate you are willing to participate in follow-up surveys: you will be asked to provide you email address so I can contact you in the future. While your responses will be linked from survey to survey through a participant ID number so trends can be identified, your name will never be gathered.
After the surveys close, the data will be downloaded from the Qualtrics server to my personal computer, which is password-protected, and backed up to cloud-based storage, which is also password-protected. Dr. Beth St. Jean, my thesis advisor, will have access to the data in addition to me.
Data from this study will be kept until the end of 2025 so that it can be analyzed in its entirety. At that time, the data will be securely destroyed.
If I write a report or article about this study, your identity will be protected to the maximum extent possible. Your information may be shared with representatives of the University of Maryland, College Park or governmental authorities if you or someone else is in danger or if I am required to do so by law.
Right to Withdraw and Questions
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you decide to participate in this study, you may stop participating at any time.
If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, or if you need to report an injury related to the research, please contact the investigator:
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or wish to report a research‐related injury, please contact:
University of Maryland College Park
Institutional Review Board Office
1204 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD, 20742
This research has been reviewed according to the University of Maryland, College Park IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.
You can download a PDF version of this statement of consent here.