Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
July 30, 2009 | by: Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
[Editor's Note: I have asked several of Lamaze International's 2009 Annual Conference speakers to contribute to Science & Sensibility over the next several weeks. Each guest contributor will share a sneak peak of their conference presentation. Some of them have conducted their own research while
July 29, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Advocates for evidence based care feel our ears perk up when we hear about a new Cochrane systematic review. Cochrane Review = Evidence! Right? Indeed, systematic reviews represent the top of the "evidence pyramid" and Cochrane systematic reviews are the gold standard for their rigor and
July 26, 2009 | by: Henci Goer, BA
According to Listening to Mothers II, a survey of U.S. women giving birth in 2005, 17% of women having vaginal birth reported a health professional pressing down on her belly to help push the baby out (Declercq 2006, p. 35). This is called fundal pressure, and 17% is fairly common, so I decided to
July 18, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Last week, I was thrilled and humbled to be asked to contribute to the On Common Groundcollection at RH Reality Check. My assignment was to write a piece from the maternity care perspective that represents common ground for people on opposing sides of the abortion debate.
I was asked to help reader
July 14, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Especially in this era of Facebook and Twitter, pregnant women and those of us who influence their choices frequently come across news stories reporting on obstetric research. As with anything in the news, it's what's behind the headlines that counts.Sometimes, new research findings yield important
July 09, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Today marked the launch of Mother's Advocate, a new site from InJoy Birth & Parenting Videos, and to kick things off, InJoy partnered with Lamaze International to produce a booklet and video set based on the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. Both are freely downloadable from Mother's Advocate.
July 05, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Theres a new study out in the current issue of Birth that bolsters the already remarkable body of evidence favoring skin-to-skin care (rather than placing the baby on a warmer or swaddling it) right after birth. Russian researchers exposed mothers and their babies to some skin-to-skin time in the
July 04, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
From Rixa Freeze, PhD, of the Stand & Deliver Blog. If you gave birth to a breech baby, or if your baby was breech at some point during pregnancy, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. Please share this announcement with others who might be interested in participating.
June 27, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
If youve been paying any attention to the health care reform conversation in this country, youve probably heard of a certain New Yorker article, in which physician Atul Gawande pays a visit to McAllen, TX, the town now infamous for having the most expensive health care in America.
June 22, 2009 | by: Henci Goer, BA
The June 2009 issue of Birth contains the results of a pilot study gauging the effects of modifying the labor room to encourage mobility, reduce stress and anxiety, and discourage routine medical intervention. Investigators randomly allocated 62 healthy women in spontaneous labor to either
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