DOR

Author: 
Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM
Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC

 

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Good News for Home Births

Home births have been linked to low rates of cesarean section, postpartum hemorrhage, and third-degree perineal tears in a new study.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262061.php

Author: 
Courtney L. Everson PhD
Marit Bovbjerg PhD, MS
Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM

 

More than 50,000 cases of midwifery-led care will now be available to researchers thanks to the validation of the MANA stats 4.0 dataset. This key achievement makes MANA Stats by far the largest available dataset on physiologic birth and midwife-led care in the United States. Of particular interest to researchers is that MANA stats is based on medical records, which are considered to be the "gold standard" of health care research.

Author: 
Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM
Bruce Ackerman HBD
Marit Bovbjerg PhD, MS
Courtney L. Everson PhD
Ellen Harris-Braun CPM
Saraswathi Vedam RM FACNM MSN Sci D (h.c.)

The Midwives Alliance Division of Research (DOR) is a volunteer group comprised of clinicians, academics, research and policy experts, and database developers. Together they work to increase knowledge about midwifery care and help midwives become more fluent in conducting research, critically appraising the available data, and incorporating the best available research findings into their practice. 

Author: 
Courtney L. Everson PhD
Marit Bovbjerg PhD, MS
Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM

A new study on the safety of waterbirth was released in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health on January 20, 2016, authored by MANA Division of Research Coordinator Council members, Drs. Marit Bovbjerg, Melissa Cheyney, and Courtney Everson. This study used data from the MANA Stats project (2004 to 2009) and reported on neonatal and maternal outcomes for 6,534 babies born underwater in home and birth center settings.

Author: 
Katelyn Edel

My name is Katelyn Edel, and I am the new intern for the Department of Research, where I work closely with Bruce Ackerman, Jen Brown, and Sarita Bennett. 

Author: 
Courtney L. Everson PhD

We hear the terms “evidence-based practice” (EBP) or “evidence-informed practice” (EIP) used often in the healthcare world, being cited as an expected and central component of high-quality care delivery. But what do these terms really mean? There is a misconception that in EBP/EIP approaches, “research evidence” automatically equates to “what I should do in practice”. This, however, is simply not true. EBP/EIP rests in the triad intersection between the best available research with your professional expertise as the practitioner alongside the client’s individual values, needs, and context.

by Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN, Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America

We’re incredibly excited to tell you that on January 30th, next Thursday, the much-anticipated outcomes from our MANA Stats 2004-2009 dataset will be publicly released.  

Two articles will be published in the upcoming Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health: one describes the MANA Stats system and how it works, and the other describes the outcomes of planned home births with midwives between 2004 and 2009.  

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