The Midwives Alliance would like to express our sincerest congratulations to Drs. Bovbjerg, Cheyney, and Everson, who have been awarded the 2017 Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Best Research Article Award for their published paper, “Maternal and Newborn Outcomes Following Waterbirth: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009 Cohort.”
On Wednesday, May 24th 2017, the authors were honored for their work during the awards ceremony at the American College of Nurse-Midwives annual meeting in Chicago, IL.
Pictured L - R: Dr. Melissa Cheyney, MANA DOR; Dr. Francis Likis, Editor, JMWH; Dr. Courtney Everson, MANA DOR; Dr. Marit Bovbjerg, MANA DOR
This is the largest cohort study to-date on the topic of waterbirth, and one of the first large studies to focus on a U.S. population. The study provides solid evidence that waterbirth can be a safe and viable option for many lower-risk pregnant persons.
Don’t forget these great resources on waterbirth for practice:
1. Access the full waterbirth study here
2. Read the joint MANA & CFM waterbirth position statement
3. Use the model practice template on waterbirth during care
Congratulations to Drs. Bovbjerg, Cheyney, and Everson, and the entire Division of Research. A big thank you to MANA Stats contributors that make this type of research possible! MANA is proud to be the home of the MANA Statistics project and the transformative research this dataset facilitates.