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

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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

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Community Action to Improve Neonatal Health

While scanning through my pile of reading I found an article about Best Babies Zones in the April edition of Maternal and Child Health Journal. The concept is based on the Life Course Theory which sees development and health as an integration of life

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The forgotten perinatal mortality

Earlier this week, the Lancet published international estimates of stillbirth rates. The conclusion of the authors was that progress in reducing stillbirth is slow. This is especially true  in my home country of the United States where stillbirth is now more prevalent than infant

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Addressing the cost of pregnancy…with art

There are many ways to advocate for change. I began as a woman who advocates to inform citizens through grassroots events. I have (slowly) become a midwife who advocates politically. This week, I received an email from a woman who advocates through

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Perinatal Care Certification

If you have taken your journey to midwifery along a path that has you employed in a hospital, you are likely familiar with the Joint Commission.  If not, you need to know how this organization improves perinatal care. The Joint Commission is

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High primary cesarean rates are a multi-factorial problem

The problem with epidemiological associations is the wide variety of things which may be driving them.  For example, a new study  reports an association between hospital geographic location and the variation in primary cesarean delivery rates in the United States. This phenomena is not