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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 1, January 2023

Pain in Labor: Making Plans
Lothian, Judith A., PhD, RN, LCCE, FAAN
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Breathing Techniques During Labor: A Multinational Narrative Review of Efficacy
Heim, Maria Augusta, Msc; Makuch, Maria Yolanda, PhD
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Virtual Reality Childbirth Education With 360° Videos
Siivola, Marjaana, Licentiate of Science; Tiainen, Eero, MSc; Ekholm, Eeva, PhD; Leinonen, Teemu, PhD; Malmi, Lauri, PhD
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Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Prenatal Breastfeeding Education Curriculum Adapted for the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ready, Set, Baby Live COVID-19 Edition
Wouk, Kathryn, PhD, MS, IBCLC; Parry, Kathleen C., MPH, IBCLC, LMBT; Bridgman, Jessica, MPH, RDN, LDN; Palmquist, Aunchalee E. L., PhD, MA, IBCLC; Perkins, Megan, IBCLC; Smetana, Abigail, BSN, MSN, IBCLC; Woods-Barr, Alexis, PhD; Sullivan, Catherine S., MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, FAND
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My Story: The Transforming Power of Birth
Goer, Henci, BA
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Integrating Community Health Workers and Nurse Midwives on the Health-Care Team to Improve Birth and Breastfeeding Outcomes
DeFoor, Melissa, PhD, RN, CLD, LCCE; Amiri, Azita, PhD, MPH, CPH, RN, FAAN
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A Conceptual Analysis of Mental Health Maladaptation in Postpartum
DeFoor, Melissa, PhD, RN, CLD, LCCE; Amiri, Azita, PhD, MPH, CPH, RN, FAAN
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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