Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
March 13, 2011 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
I get a particular kind of delight when I learn about someone who is willing to speak out about U.S. maternity care and yet isn't the typical stakeholder. You might know the type I'm talking about: not a midwife or a doctor or an activist for any agenda, not someone who was harmed or transformed by
August 16, 2010 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
The (in)famous Wax home birth meta-analysis hit the scene over a month ago. But the buzz doesn't seem to be dying down. In the weeks since the original pre-publication and press release, editors at The Lancet and BMJ have both weighed in, and there's a steady stream of media attention. While all of
July 25, 2010 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Last week, I attended the Normal Labour & Birth International Research Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. With over 250 attendees from 23 countries, the conference set out to disseminate research about the nature of and optimal care for physiologic labor and birth, and to garner
July 09, 2010 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
A lot has been said about the new meta-analysis of home birth. (Here is an excellent summary from Jennifer Block.) Canadian physician Michael Klein has been widely quoted as saying that the meta-analysis, a potentially valuable statistical tool, was performed poorly because the researchers included
July 04, 2010 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
This holiday weekend, which was also the sixth anniversary of my own first home birth, was busy with news of a new meta-analysis (followed by a curious revision of the meta-analysis) of the safety of home birth published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The revised meta-analysis
June 18, 2010 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
...is up! Go check it out at Giving Birth with Confidence. What a PHENOMENAL collection of contributions about the moments, hours, and days after birth. Each of our Blog Carnivals has vastly surpassed my own expectations. I hope you'll agree.
February 07, 2010 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
Weve been featuring each of the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices in our series of blog carnivals, and this time were talking about interventions. Interventions in labor and birth can be helpful even life-saving. But theres no denying the fact that too often they are used when a safer, more
November 15, 2009 | by: Katharine Hikel
This is a guest contribution from Katharine Hikel, MD. Dr. Hikel is a writer on women's health for Medscape/WebMD. Peer-trained in feminist women's health clinics, she is also a graduate of Harvard and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She lives in northern Vermont with her family.
October 27, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
On the heels of our successful "Let Labor Begin On Its Own" Carnival, here is our second Healthy Birth Carnival! This time the theme is Lamaze's second Healthy Birth Practice: Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.Every single one of these posts is great, and on top of some really
September 10, 2009 | by: Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
As most readers of this blog are probably already aware, The Today Show ran an inflammatory piece about home birth this morning that parroted ACOGs long-standing scare tactics and anti-midwife rhetoric. Since I just wrote a post on the safety of home birth, I thought that rather than repeating the
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