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Durham University

Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre

Early Evening Care

What is the study about?

This is the research project for a Masters in Medical Anthropology.

The project is exploring early evening care and infant sleep. The aim of the study will be shared with participants after data collection.

Who can take part?

We would like to invite mums to take part who are living in the Durham and Newcastle and who have a baby who will be under 7 months old at the time their data is collected.

We would like to stress that this study is not about judging you or your baby for how they sleep. If you want to take part, please don’t worry if your baby’s sleep patterns are different to normal when your baby is talking part in the study! We recognise that babies’ sleep patterns are variable, and this is fine for taking part in this study.

What will you need to do if you choose to take part?

You will need to fill in a sleep diary for three nights and on the same three nights put an actigraphy watch on your baby.

The sleep diary will be provided by the researcher and also contains a demographic questionnaire which will allow the researcher to control for demographic variables.

The watch will also be provided by the researcher and it goes around your baby’s ankle and can be worn over the top of a babygro or sleepsuit. The watch will be programmed to start recording at 6pm on the first night of the study and will continue to record until the researcher stops it. It only has to be worn at night.

When the three nights are over, the researcher will either meet you to collect the watch and sleep diary or can come to you to collect it.

Why an actigraphy watch?

An actigraph is one of the least intrusive ways of monitoring infant sleep and collecting data about it. Simply worn around the ankle, the watch allows a variety of data to be collected (including when the baby slept, woke up and for how long they slept) to be collected from the baby’s own home, an environment in which they are comfortable and used to sleeping.

Other important information

  • All information collected is completely confidential.
  • You and your baby will remain anonymous in any and all publications.
  • The data collected will only be used in this study unless you give consent for it to be used elsewhere.
  • All sleep diaries, questionnaires and consent forms will be stored securely and destroyed at an appropriate time (at the end of the study).
  • It is your choice if you choose to partake in this study or not.
  • If you consent to take part and then change your mind, you have the right to withdraw at any point.

How to get in touch

If you would like to express your interest in taking part, please follow the link below to answer some brief questions and a researcher will be in contact shortly.

If you have any further questions, comments or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact the researcher:

This study has been approved by the Durham University Anthropology Ethics Committee.

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