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I adore research.  I am a nerd, always have been.  But research is more than a science experiment.  Research helps us understand what is likely to happen when we proceed a particular way, and that knowledge gives us tremendous power to overcome labor challneges.

But research is really only helpful if the results are reported accurately and the conclusions drawn make sense based on the data.  You need to understand how to read research.  You don’t have to like it, but you do need to be able to tell when something isn’t quite right.

To help you become more fluent in research reading, I propose you spend some time with Henci Goer at the Lamaze International Website. You will find synopses of a variety of research papers, along with commentary about the research from Henci Goer (one of my personal favorite writers).

Enjoy!

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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