New Study Offers Financial Opportunity for Pregnancy Center Clients

By Katie Franklin

Looking for another way to support your clients as they prepare for the arrival of their precious babies?

Researchers at Baylor University are offering $50 Walmart gift cards to expectant mothers and fathers who complete their study over the next few weeks. Conducted by university professors, the study focuses on expectant married couples’ experiences in the workplace with the hope of addressing discrimination they may face.

“As parents ourselves, we were interested in the discrimination that women in the workforce often face while pregnant,” says Dawn Carlson, Ph. D., professor of management at Baylor University. “As such, we designed a study with the goal of understanding what women are experiencing in terms of discrimination both while pregnant and after they return to work, in hopes of helping organizations and policy makers to pursue changes that enhance women’s experiences in the workplace.”

But that’s just the beginning. Carlson and her colleagues also want to hear from expectant fathers.

“While following this path, we also became interested in the role of paternity leave for fathers and its growing popularity in organizations today,” Carlson said. “Thus, we wanted to understand the support needed by men during the pregnancy and return to work process of their wives, again so that organizations might provide a culture for support of this experience.”

Pregnant women in their third trimester and their spouses are eligible to participate in the study. Participants must both be considered full-time employees (30 hours per week or more), be 18 years or older, and reside in the U.S. Participation simply involves completing three online surveys, approximately 20 minutes each, and is completely confidential to the extent allowed by the law.

If both husband and wife complete all three surveys, participants will receive a $50 Walmart gift card.

This opportunity presents yet another way that pregnancy centers can connect clients to financial support, as well as a way to support their clients in the workplace.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Pregnancy Help News and is reposted with permission.