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Take a survey about freebirth*

As part of my research on women's sovereignty in birth, this survey asks about the experiences of women who have ever planned a freebirth (even if they didn't end up freebirthing) or are planning a freebirth now. Take the survey if you are:

  • At least 18 years old - and-
  • Are currently planning your first freebirth -or-
  • Had a freebirth birth in the past and it was a positive experience -or-
  • Had a freebirth birth in the past and it was not a positive experience -or-
  • Planned a freebirth but transferred a hospital or hired a midwife

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*also called unassisted birth

What is this study about?

This study investigates how women's decisions about their pregnancies, abortions, and/or births,  are constrained, how women perceive their ability to be self-determining during pregnancy, abortion, and birthing experiences, and how their sense of self-determination during these events affects their lives afterwards.

Of particular interest are the potential impacts on reproductive self-determination of

  • The politics of gender "identity" as related to sex-based protections, language, and social practices, and how these politics affect women and birth workers during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and mothering.
  • The role that birth workers play in the promotion or constraint of women’s self-determination, and how birth workers’ own autonomy, and ability to promote the autonomy of their clients, is itself promoted or constrained.
  • Current contestation over reproductive rights, fetal personhood, and the reproductive politics of the current administration and conservative lawmakers and activists.

This study looks at the big picture, and hopes to examine the issue through the perspective of diverse stakeholders including women who are pregnant or have given birth, birth workers, scholars and activists.

If you belong to one of these groups, I'd love to chat with you about your experiences:


Women who are pregnant for the first time, are planning or have had an abortion, and/or have given birth in the past, and would like to talk about your experience with self-determination in regard to these experiences.

Birth Workers

Birth workers including midwives and doulas. Your work is focused on supporting women during pregnancy, abortion, childbirth, and/or postpartum, and you would like to talk about how your clients' self-determination, and your own, is affected by gender and reproductive politics.

Scholars and Activists

Reproductive rights scholars and activists. Your research or activism involves women's reproductive rights, and you would like to talk about women's self-determination in the current socio-political moment.

What does participation involve?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, I will first ask for some brief background information via e-mail or phone in order to prepare for our interview. With your consent, I would then ask you to meet with me for about 1 hour of your free time for an audio-recorded interview. The interview will be scheduled at a time that is most convenient for you. If you reside in southern California, the interview may take place in person at a location that is comfortable for you. If you reside outside of southern California, the interview may take place via phone,  Zoom, or another conferencing service.

Other than potential discomfort in answering these questions, risks will be minimal, given these interviews are strictly voluntary and confidential. If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact me or click on the Get Involved button below.

This research has been approved by the UCSB Office of Research

Next Steps...

If you would like to learn more about this study or talk with me about it, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!