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

Advocacy

Community Action to Improve Neonatal Health

While scanning through my pile of reading I found an article about Best Babies Zones in the April edition of Maternal and Child Health Journal. The concept is based on the Life Course Theory which sees development and health as an integration of life

Advocacy, Research

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

Advocacy

Addressing the cost of pregnancy…with art

There are many ways to advocate for change. I began as a woman who advocates to inform citizens through grassroots events. I have (slowly) become a midwife who advocates politically. This week, I received an email from a woman who advocates through