Research

A Project to Watch: Reducing Primary Cesareans

The American College of Nurse Midwives began a project in 2015 that encouraged hospitals to make system changes that result in reduced rates of primary cesarean.  In the first year of the initiative, 15 hospitals participated. You can read more about it

Advocacy, Research

Where’s all the Doula Research?

I was introduced to a series of essays you should read. They highlight the struggles inherent in science, and how those struggles result in a lack of evidence for doula care.  Head on over to Doulaing the Doula for this four-part essay

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

Nutrition, Research

Should I choose organic foods when pregnant?

The terms organic and natural are sometimes placed on food packaging. In some areas, these terms have specific definitions. For example, the US Food and Drug Administration has set standard definitions for what is in a product that bears these names. Foods are

Nutrition, Research

Food Safety in Pregnancy

When you think of food-borne illness, do you think of the major outbreaks reported in the media? These outbreaks receive most of our national food safety attention, but according to the CDC these represent only 5% of the food-borne illness cases that