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The Journal of Perinatal Education

The Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE) is the leading peer-reviewed journal specifically for childbirth educators. Through evidence-based articles, the JPE advances the knowledge of aspiring and seasoned educators in any setting — independent or private practice, community, hospital, nursing or midwifery school — and informs educators and other health-care professionals on research that will improve their practice and their efforts to advance safe and healthy birth.

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Table of Contents

Volume 32, Issue 4

Celebrate Birth: At Home Surrounded By My Tribe 
Arrington, Darlene 
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In Memoriam: Judith Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FAAN, FACCE
Budin, Wendy C., PhD, RN-BC, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
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Beliefs and Decision-Making of First-Time Mothers Planning to Use a Breast Pump
Hubbard, Lori, PhD, RN, IBCLC; Reis, Pamela, PhD, CNM, NNP-BC, FACNM; Neil, Janice, PhD, RN, CNE
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Utilizing Simulation-Based Training to Increase Preeclampsia Recognition in Undiagnosed Patients 
Furr, Susan, DNP, RN; Martin, Dana R., DNP, RN, CNE; Schmaldinst, Kristy, DNP, MSN, RN-BC; Daugherty, Laura, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC
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Early Postpartum Support in the Home: A Vital Link to Healthy and Safe Postpartum Recovery in the United States
Graves, Jodi, Birth & Postpartum Doula, BS, MS Nutrition 
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Access, Interest, and Barriers to Incorporation of Birth Doula Care in the United States
Mitchell, Amanda W., MPH; Sparks, Joshua R., PhD; Beyl, Robbie A., PhD; Altazan, Abby D., MS; Barlow, S. Ariel, BS; Redman, Leanne M., PhD
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Submit to the Journal

Submitting an article to a scholarly publication like The Journal for Perinatal Education is one important way to validate your expertise as a childbirth educator, especially if you are a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). Ready to submit your article for peer review, or not sure where to start? Visit the JPE homepage and navigate to the “Submit an Article” tab to review Author Guidelines, information about writing a manuscript, and more. All manuscripts should be submitted online using Editorial Manager.

Please send JPE inquiries to:

Wendy C. Budin, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, LCCE, FACCE, Editor-in-Chief
The Journal of Perinatal Education 
Phone: 973-972-9731

Thank You, JPE Reviewers!

Thank you to the community of childbirth educators who serve as the editorial board — and as reviewers — for JPE. We appreciate your commitment and expertise to ensuring the highest quality of content is published in this scholarly venue.

Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

Raymond De Vries, PhD
Bioethics Program, University of Michigan School of Medicine

Susan Gennaro, RN, DSN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN
College of Nursing, University of South Florida

Pamela D. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN
College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago

June Horowitz, PhD, RNCS, FAAN
William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

Linda Mayberry, PhD, RN, FAAN
College of Nursing, New York University

Viola Polomeno, PhD, RN
School of Nursing, University of Ottawa


Barbara A. Hotelling, WHNP-BC, CD(DONA), LCCE
Family Medicine Center, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE
College of Nursing, Seton Hall University

Nayna C. Philipsen, PhD, JD, RN, LCCE, FACCE
Attorney Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Coppin State University
Coppin State University

If you're interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact Editor-in-Chief Wendy C. Budin