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Getting Birth Research Funded

When I first started in birth work, I wondered why such obvious good questions were not researched.  As I learned more I began to understand the problems of good research, and why certain types of studies would likely never be done (what woman wants to be randomized to epidural or not?)  This week I am [...]

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Apr 16th, 2014 Research

How does science become science?

Just found an interesting site for those who want to improve their ability to understand research articles.  I haven’t dug too far into it yet, but seems promising:   Sense about Science  

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Dec 11th, 2013 Research

Infertility from Various Angles

I’ve decided to dig deeper into infertility for one of my class papers.  It is paper number three in a series of short essays on the mechanisms that lead to different health outcomes.  The previous two focused on disparities in cesarean and how stress doesn’t affect breastfeeding. The essays are limited to three pages in [...]

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Nov 11th, 2013 Research

The concept I tackled…”elective” induction

I hadn’t realized it had been a month since I shared about concepts.  I completed the assignment, and hopefully did a good job communicating what I found. As expected it was different, but not difficult, and very eye opening. I chose to look at the concept of “elective” as we use it to describe an [...]

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Are you measuring a concept?

Chances are you know what a concept is…something that represents something that isn’t physical.  Like “democracy” or “faith.” And chances are you could list a few concepts that relate to childbirth.  In case you are feeling lazy, I can list a few: natural childbirth continuous support elective induction woman-centered care I’m sure you get the [...]

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Social Causes for Cesarean?

One of the courses I am taking this semester is about determinants of health.  We look at things both within the individual, and within the environment, and how they interact to affect health. A very interesting topic, and very challenging to integrate the research on a topic into a three page essay. But integrate I [...]

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Systematic Review

At a conference I attended this weekend, one of the topics was the level of understanding needed to assess a study. The question went something like this: If a clinician doesn’t understand how research is conducted or if the statistical tests used are valid, can the clinician really assess the validity and usefulness to practice [...]

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Sep 10th, 2013 Research

Evidence Based Practice

Ready to improve your research skills in a way that will directly affect outcomes?  Learn how to evaluate your current protocols and guidelines with Duke University’s Introduction to Evidence Based Practice. It will take you about an hour to work through the tutorial, but the skills are well worth it.  

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Aug 28th, 2013 Research

The Nature of Pain

I’m doing some reading about research on methods to manage labor pain today, and reviewing an old study: Niven, C. and Gusbers, G. (1984). A Sudy of labour pain using the McGill Pain Questionnaire. Soc Sci Med, 19(12):1347-1351. Before I had even gotten to the meat of the study, the authors had my attention with [...]

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Aug 21st, 2013 Research

Why we need midwives in research

This article came across my inbox this morning: Yerks Research Center receives five-year, $9.5 million grant to study oxytocin. As you probably remember, I graduated from the public health and nurse midwifery programs at Emory in December, and am returning to Emory to begin work on a PhD in nursing in just two weeks.  I [...]

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Aug 13th, 2013 Research

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