Mapping women's experiences during their reproductive journeys


Compensation for participation in study: $50 gift card to a local coffee shop

Young women who have complications around pregnancy (such as trouble getting pregnant, hypertension or diabetes during pregnancy) are at a higher risk having cardiovascular problems (such as heart attacks, stroke) early on in their lives. Many times, this risk can be reduced by educating women on how to manage their cardiovascular disease risk factors (through nutrition counselling, exercise programs).

We are collecting experiences from women who are trying to get pregnant or have given birth in the last five years to determine what challenges women are facing in trying to manage their cardiovascular health before, during, and after their pregnancy. We are looking for women to participate in one-time focus groups in Calgary, Alberta (approximately 1 hour time commitment). Participants will also be asked to fill out a demographic questionnaire (5 minute time commitment) and a health literacy questionnaire (10 minute time commitment).


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 18 to 55

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are:
1) 18+
2) Trying to get pregnant OR have given birth in the last five years (after October 2017)
3) Able to participate in a one-time, in-person focus group in Calgary, Alberta
4) Able to provide consent for us to look through your electronic medical records to see if when you received care from a primary care provider, gynecologist, obstetrician, or other specialist about your reproductive or cardiac health


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Please contact Dr. Anmol Shahid if you are interested in participating in this study.

Principal investigator:

Kara Nerenberg

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