I am a female Canberra-based amateur writer, writing a fictional piece. In this piece there will be a scene depicting the birth of a child in a Canberra Hospital. Having not given birth myself, I cannot realistically articulate the experience. While there is plenty of information on the internet about the general experience of giving birth, I specifically need information on having a baby in Canberra.
I would like to interview a Mother who has given birth in Canberra. I am seeking an interviewee who has given birth to their first child, through vaginal birth (i.e. not a Caesarean) within the last three years, and is under the age of 35.
The interview will be located in a cafe or restaurant in the town centre closest to the selected interviewee, at a mutually agreed time and date (after Christmas). The interviewee will receive coffee and cake / lunch (depending on the time of the interview) and a $50 cash reimbursement for their time and expertise. The interview should take no more than 1.5 hours.
Please note that the interview will be quite explicit. The interviewee will be required to share information not only relating to the process of their birth at a Canberra Hospital, but also how giving birth felt, the act of giving birth (all the gory details) and the physical/mental/emotional effects in the months following the birth. An outline of the questions will be emailed to the interviewee prior to the interview.
Mothers who would like to express their interest in being interviewed are asked to email me at Canberra_writer@hotmail.com by Friday 18 December, with the subject line Mother Interview (so I don’t accidentally delete your email as junk).
Emails should provide the following basic details:
- Name (surname is optional)
- Email address
- Location of Residence (specific address is not required; a suburb/town centre will suffice)
- Month/Year of birth of first child
- General availability (e.g. weekends. A specific time will be negotiated)
- Any significant birth complications
Please note that only one person will be selected for an interview; but all expressions of interest will receive a notification of receipt; and a further email as to whether they have been selected. All details provided by interested Mothers will be kept confidential and will be deleted after the interview.
Please feel free to email Canberra_writer@hotmail.com with any questions, prior to submitting an expression of interest. Thanks for your time!