Category «Research»

Research about labor support

Hodnett ED, Lowe NK, Hannah ME, Willan AR, Stevens B, Weston JA, Ohlsson A, Gafni A, Muir HA, Myhr TL, Stremler R. Effectiveness of nurses as providers of birth labor support in North American hospitals: a randomized controlled trial. Nursing Supportive Care in Labor Trial Group. JAMA. 2003 Jan 8;289(2):175-6. In this study on nurses acting …

Perineal Massage

Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the perineum (skin between the anus and vagina) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. While this preparation is often cited as reducing perineal damage, research studies disagree on the effectiveness of perineal massage used during childbirth. In one study women who performed 10 minutes of perineal massage daily …

If you want to breastfeed get a midwife?

I’m still scanning through my pile of “read this as soon as I get a chance” materials and found a study that looked for associations between breastfeeding intent and provider type.  This is an example of a study that makes me say “yeah, but…” What’s my concern? The study looked for associations between provider type …

Taking obesity seriously

When I first entered the world of natural birth I was educated to believe body weight had no effect on maternal or infant outcomes.  The organization I trained with was equally adamant that gestational weight gain was a useless measure that predicted nothing. I believed them. I made this belief a part of my life and …

Hitting the ground running…

Progress with research is slow, and I am beginning to accept that. I don’t even mean the time it takes for research to be adopted into practice.  I’m talking about the work of creating and running a study all the way through publication of the results. Ideas come fast. Ideas have multiple possibilities.  But when …

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 death. I don’t want to minimize the reality of the numbers; but I …

Understanding Fear of Childbirth

A study published in the June edition of Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica explored fear of childbirth through maternal surveys.  While the study question was about the effect of counseling for fear of childbirth, several interesting things are revealed in the descriptive statistics (the part of the study where the researchers tell you about the …

Be a Research Subject

Here is an opportunity for you to participate in research that helps us understand what it is like to become a mother.  Researchers at the University of Michigan are investigating the pregnancy-related experiences that are unique to sexual minorities to help minimize the effect of these stressors on prenatal and postnatal outcomes. If you are …