Brianna Richardson, BScN RN PhD(c)

Doctoral Candidate, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University 

Research Trainee, MOM-LINC Lab and Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, IWK Health Centre 

Ms. Richardson is a doctoral candidate with the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University.  Her doctoral research focuses on examining how eHealth learning influences parental knowledge, self-efficacy, and involvement in procedural pain care with their newborn babes. Ms. Richardson has experience conducting systematic reviews exploring how eHealth resources meet families educational and psychosocial needs. 

Ongoing Studies:

Mothers’ experience of postnatal adjustment during six-months of caring for a newborn during COVID-19: A survey with postnatal mothers in the Maritimes

(Co-Principal Investigator for this project with Ms. Dol)

Rationale: Irrespective of a pandemic, mothers living in the Maritimes gaps in access to information and often struggle to find adequate support during the postpartum period. These gaps may be magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic and significantly impact the transition of new mothers. Compliance with physical distancing policies contribute to mothers isolating at home, without any in-person support, being physically isolated from not only health providers, but also from their extended family and support systems. This significantly differs from pre-COVID-19, where mothers were recommended to have a postnatal contact shortly after birth by a public health nurse and mothers frequently engage in visits with family, friends, or even new parent groups. Given the significant changes, we want to explore if and how the postpartum experience of Maritime mothers has significantly shifted during COVID-19. 

Objective: The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between mothers’ self-efficacy, social support, anxiety, depression, newborn pain management knowledge, and their health information seeking behaviour during the six-month period post birth of their newborn during COVID-19.

Eligibility Criteria: Women can take part in this study if they:

have a newborn less than six months of age

are over 18 years of age

speak, write and read English

currently live in one of the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island).

Study Details: Participating in this study involves completing a brief online survey (approximately 25 minutes). Participants will be asked questions about their postpartum experience, including their confidence, anxiety, depression, social support, and newborn pain management knowledge as well as basic demographic questions to help us understand the background of mothers who completed the survey. We will also be asking questions about how COVID-19 has impacted their postpartum experience. 

Once participants complete the survey, they will have the opportunity to enter for the chance to win one of three $100 CAN Amazon electronic gift cards.

The survey will be open until October 31, 2020. 

Future Implications: This information will help us to better understand the experience of mothers shortly after birth during COVID-19 and identify potential areas that could be improved to support mothers across the Maritimes.

How to sign-up:  If you are interested, please click on the link to participate:  If you would like more information, please contact Brianna ( or Justine (