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Statistics Summer Wrap-Up

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for spending the summer learning how to read the statistics in research with me.  I hope you found the series helpful, and maybe it inspired you to read more research.  If so, I have a few resources you might like to know about.

The Birthing Naturally Twitter Feed posts a different study about pregnancy, childbirth and the post-postpartum every day.  Follow the feed for daily links to relevant abstracts.

The Cochrane Collaboration has a Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.  Their page provides easy access to the research summaries from their systematic reviews.

When you search in PubMed, a box in the upper right corner will provide you with information about how to purchase an article, or if there is a free version of the article available.

If you are a member of a midwifery or nursing organization check their website to see if they provide access to published studies.  You might also ask at your University libraries if they have public access library cards you can purchase.

Some journals provide key articles for free.  If you find a journal that frequently publishes articles of interest to you, sign up to receive the RSS feed or emails of the table of contents.  This can remind you to check into new research regularly.

Think you might be interested in conducting research?  Contact your local nursing or midwifery college to partner with researchers who can help you.

Thanks again for joining me this summer.  Let me know what you thought of the series and any ideas you have for future series.

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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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