Birth Professionals, Jennifer's Personal Notes, Research

Did you miss the New Jersey Symposium for Physiologic Birth?

I spent this weekend in New Jersey presenting information about my water birth research to a wide variety of families and professionals. I had been nervous that I wouldn’t be ready; I had been battling a respiratory virus since returning from the

Advocacy, Research

Judging the quality of place of birth research

Last week when I attended the normal birth conference, I paid special attention to the presentations by Saraswathi Vedam. I was watching her work on the Home Birth Summit before I was involved in research. At the Normal Birth Conference, she presented information

Advocacy, Global Midwifery, Research

Keep your eye on the Normal Birth Conference

I spent last week at the Normal Birth Conference exploring the latest research and making connections for future work. The Normal Birth Conference is a research-focused (not practice focused) conference and has quickly become one of my “must attend” conferences every year.  Next year’s conference

Advocacy, Research

Midwife Attended Deliveries are Underreported

My colleagues at Emory found a way to estimate the under reporting of midwife attended deliveries. Their study, reported in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, used midwives records of births attended.1 Yes, this is burdensome record keeping for midwives, but

Global Midwifery

Global Breastfeeding Scorecard 2017

UNICEF has released the latest global breastfeeding scorecard with country profiles.  How did your country do? Go to UNICEF For the United States, it reports several pieces of data that are simply not available or not considered relevant, it’s hard to tell.

Jennifer's Personal Notes

The PhD is complete!

I want to thank you to both the audience of this website and the community of families and midwives who have been supportive of my ongoing educational pursuits.  I am thrilled to share that in June I defended my dissertation and in July