Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
May 11, 2022 | by: Tanya Cawthorne, LCCE, FACCE
Tanya Cawthorne reviews a recently released book; “In Your Own Time - How Western Medicine Contrils the Start of Labour and Why this Needs to Stop” by Sara Wickham, MD examining labour inductions from an interesting perspective.
June 25, 2020 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
There is a unique, free opportunity to listen to and learn from Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s remarkable and leading historians and a strong Black voice helping to guide America toward becoming antiracist. Kendi is the author of many books that have topped The New York Times bestseller list, as well as the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center formerly at American University in Washington, DC., and relocated to the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research in early 2020.
April 07, 2020 | by: Angela Hodge
When I started reading Mindful Pregnancy (DK, 2020) by Tracy Donegan, there were just a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 in my state of Washington. By the time you are reading this, things are almost unrecognizable. In a world that is humming with anxiety, with no clear end in sight, Donegan’s pregnancy guide is quite timely. It provides comfort to pregnant people, with practical guidance for how to deal with stress.
January 02, 2020 | by: Adriana Lozada, AdvCD(DONA), CSC, CEMC, CBP
Birth and postpartum are profoundly transformative experiences. Yet, many childbirth preparation books focus on the mechanics of the process: the physical signs that it may be happening, ways to cope with the sensations, and information on how to navigate the medical aspects. Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood, by Britta Bushnell, PhD, shifts the focus from the details and minutia of birth to its meaning-making potential. In so doing, it provides expectant parents a framework in which to explore what will likely happen to their identities as they move through the profound journey from pregnancy to parenthood.
November 19, 2019 | by: Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
The first thought that crossed my mind after reading Milli Hill’s new book, Give Birth like a Feminist, was; why did it take this long for a book like this to be published? An entire generation of women have been raised since the last time birth and feminism as two intertwined topics were really explored. Ask your average millennial on the street today if she has heard of Germaine Greer, Adrienne Rich or Naomi Wolf, let alone the matriarchs of the feminist birth movement; Ina May Gaskin, Sheila Kitzinger and of course, Lamaze’s very own, Elizabeth Bing.
November 07, 2019 | by: Hillary Melchiors Ph,D, MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Rebecca Dekker has a PhD in Nursing and uses her research knowledge and skills to summarize the medical evidence about birth related topics through her company Evidence Based Birth, which is helpful for both the consumer and the perinatal professional. “Babies Are Not Pizzas” is Dr. Dekker’s first book, and it details her journey to realizing that there is a lack of evidence based medical policies and procedures specifically surrounding pregnancy and birth in American hospitals.
August 15, 2019 | by: Hillary Melchiors, PhD, MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Michael C. Klein was born a “red diaper baby” to politically active parents who began his dissident education early. Since then, Dr. Klein has been fighting against dominant paradigms for as long as he can remember. His position as an outsider working within the medical field includes publishing groundbreaking medical research on episiotomy and questioning routine obstetrical care in multiple countries and contexts. Hillary Melchiors, PhD, MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA), a medical anthropologist, doula and childbirth educator reviews Michael Klein, MD's Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo.
April 23, 2019 | by: Hillary Melchiors, Ph.D, MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Updating a classic academic text might be overwhelming for some, but the collaboration of three generations of anthropologists who focus their research on reproduction and childbirth makes Birth in Eight Cultures not only an important contribution to anthropology but also for anyone wanting to better understand what really shapes birth practices. Hillary Melchiors reviews this newly published study of birth around the world and shares why any perinatal professional would want to read this new book.
December 21, 2018 | by: Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
Dr. Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She is the author of the internationally-respected blog, Midwife Thinking. Dr. Reed has recently published a new book entitled, Why Induction Matters. Tanya Strusberg reviews it here.
September 11, 2018 | by: Hillary Anne Melchiors, LCCE
Through ethnographic research and in-depth interviews sociologist Theresa Morris, through her book, "Health Care in Crisis: Hospitals, Nurses, and the Consequences of Policy Change" gives us an inside look at a hospital in transition through the eyes of the nurses who work there.
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