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June 8, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This study just published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN); Variation in Cesarean Birth Rates by Labor and Delivery Nurses examines how individual nurses can influence the mode of birth (cesarean or vaginal) of patients in their care.... Read More
May 4, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on the 5th of May each year to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of families. Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 people who die while giving birth.... Read More
April 27, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is delighted to share that they are an official partner with the upcoming March for Moms. You can learn more about this event and how you can get involved on Science & Sensibility.... Read More
April 11, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A study published in Krager Biomedicine Hub indicates that newborns who need additional glucose supplementation are able to achieve stable blood glucose levels with the administration of oral dextrose gel during feeds and prevent NICU admissions.... Read More
April 6, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Consumer Reports and the ABIM Foundation are holding a nationwide search to recruit and recognize Choosing Wisely Patient Champions. The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures... Read More
March 2, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Leapfrog Group released their 2017 Maternity Care Report to the public. This report was eye-opening to both significant improvements that have been made in some areas of maternity care and a clear signal that other benchmarks still have a long way to go.... Read More
February 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Did the film “Microbirth” convince you that microbes are an important part of a healthy start to life, but leave you with further questions? The follow-up book, Your Baby’s Microbiome: The Critical Role of Vaginal Birth and Breastfeeding for Long Term Health, fills in the details from the movie.... Read More
January 19, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An innovative program, Moms2B, is helping to reduce the infant mortality rate in babies born to mothers with low socioeconomic status in the Weinland Park area of Ohio. Learn what is being done to help babies and parents in this community.... Read More
December 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released an updated Committee Opinion "Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth" which provides a revised recommendation to the previous statement that was released in 2012. The current recommendation is to wait at least 30-60 seconds.... Read More
November 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, November 17th is World Prematurity Day, and all of November is Prematurity Awareness month. According to the March of Dimes Peristats Data Center, preterm birth, defined as a baby being born before the completion of 37 weeks gestation, affects nearly 10% of pregnant people.... Read More
September 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In an effort to curb healthcare costs and increase quality, providers, payers, and policymakers are looking toward alternative payment models that realize a more effective and efficient healthcare delivery system. Lamaze is making sure that maternity payment models include childbirth education.... Read More
September 22, 2016 by Henci Goer, BA
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The advance publication of an analysis of United States maternal mortality data back in August created a stir that has been reverberating through the internet ever since, spurred on by the publication of other relevant studies and a report during the same time period.... Read More
September 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Recently, the USA and the world lost a brilliant and talented doctor and maternal child health expert who had worked for many decades to improve the lives of families in each corner of the globe. Dr. Miriam Labbok passed away and while her contributions live on, she will be very much missed.... Read More
August 9, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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National Breastfeeding Month is a great time to examine some of the statistics around breastfeeding in the USA. The Centers for Disease Control has recently shared some current breastfeeding information, Are these numbers bleak or better than you thought?... Read More
August 2, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th is World Breastfeeding Week and August is recognized in the US as National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is a normal event that follows pregnancy and birth. Childbirth educators play a key role in helping families to be ready and prepared for breastfeeding their baby.... Read More
July 21, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One of the valuable benefits for Lamaze International members is a subscription to Lamaze International's official journal - The Journal of Perinatal Childbirth Education, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy.... Read More
July 19, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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At a recent conference held late this spring, five Black women were recognized for their achievements and contributions to maternal infant health. They were honored for their significant efforts and positive impact on maternal infant health amongst families of color.... Read More
July 14, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Birth by the Numbers just released the newest video in their occasional video series and this time Dr. Eugene Declercq and his team are providing valuable information about current home birth trends in the United States.... Read More
June 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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The health & safety of a birthing parent & their baby depends on the dyad getting the best & right care at the right time. This is the basis behind the "Choosing Wisely" initiative, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in conjunction with the American Academy of Nursing.... Read More
June 9, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The National Vital Statistics System, a division of the National Center for Health Statistics, released preliminary 2015 birth data for the United States, and we can consider the news to be stable if not positive in most areas. We highlight ten important stats for you today.... Read More
June 7, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Parent Melissa Krawecki shares her story of HELLP syndrome, loss of her beloved daughter Ava, and the near loss of her own life in her recent book, "In the Shade of Ava’s Tree (2015, Praeclarus Press). Kaitlin Lewis, of Praeclarus Press interviews Melissa about her experience.... Read More
May 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and today on Science & Sensibility, Preeclampsia Foundation Director of Community Relations Laney Poye provides a look at four important things that childbirth educators and other birth professionals can share to educate families about preeclampsia.... Read More
March 31, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Are you a childbirth educator looking to add a skill to your childbirth educator repertoire? Lamaze International is pleased to offer a groundbreaking continuing education opportunity that you can take back to your classrooms and offer as a class add-on to your childbirth education students.... Read More
November 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Pamela Vireday "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen KellerI am delighted to share with you a three part series that begins today, written by Pam Vireday, who is an occasional contributor to Science & Sensib... Read More
October 26, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Social media was all abuzz yesterday about information coming out of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) conference currently being held in San Diego, CA. Headlines everywhere screamed “Eating During Labor May Not Be So Bad, Study Suggests,” “Light Meal During Labor May Be Safe for Most... Read More
October 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Most families have already chosen a health care provider by the time they find themselves in childbirth classes.  The exception might be those educators who reach families at the beginning of their pregnancies by offering an early pregnancy class that includes this topic.  Most families be... Read More
October 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Today, October 15th, is also a special day of remembrance.  As a childbirth educator and a doula, I have worked with several families over the years who have experienced losses while taking a childbirth class with me, after the class e... Read More
October 12, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released 2014 information from the National Vital Statistics System, which works collaboratively with the NCHS.  This information comes from birth certificates and captures all births that... Read More
October 5, 2015 by Anne Estes, PhD
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In an earlier post on Science and Sensibility, regular contributor Anne Estes, PhD reviewed Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, a new evidence-based book focused on answering questions on health, sleeping, and feeding for an infant’s first year. The book grew out of... Read More
September 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Planned Home VBAC in the United States, 2004–2009: Outcomes, Maternity Care Practices, and Implications for Shared Decision Making” came out on August 26th as an e-pub ahead of print in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. It provides a much-needed analysis of VBACs in the home setting... Read More
September 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, we have the opportunity to meet our final Lamaze/ICEA 2015 plenary speaker- Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM. This British born midwife is the founder and executive director of Florida’s Commonsense Childbirth Inc. whose vision states “We believe that all women deserve a... Read More
September 7, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The countdown to the Lamaze/ICEA 2015 Conference in Las Vegas is in single digits and the excitement is building. I recently had an opportunity to interview plenary conference speaker Elan McAllister, founder of Choices in Childbirth, an education and advocacy group for pregnant people and their fam... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Anne Estes, PhD
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By Anne M. Estes, PhDToday on Science & Sensibility, Anne M. Estes, PhD reviews a new book - The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year.  Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility are all about providing families and professionals with evidence based infor... Read More
August 31, 2015 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By Walker Karraa, PhD.Perinatal and/or postpartum depression affects more than 15% off all women during pregnancy or after birth.  Many women are not diagnosed and therefore are not referred on to specialists who can help them with appropriate treatment. Last month, the Centers for Disease Cont... Read More
August 26, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th was World Breastfeeding Week, and the entire month of August was National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  Science & Sensibility shared information and resources in two posts; Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make It Work! Join Science & Sensibility in Celebrating World Breast... Read More
August 24, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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With the Lamaze/ICEA Joint Conference a little more than three weeks away, final details are well underway to make sure this joint conference offers something for everyone who attends. And if for some reason, you are unable to join the conference in person, there is a Virtual Conference option for... Read More
August 17, 2015 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Part of a parent’s job description is to worry about their children. In doing so, parents can help the child maintain their physical health and their emotional wellbeing. However, when the line is crossed into fear based parenting; they may become overprotective to the point of stifling a child’s... Read More
August 12, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Lamaze International-ICEA 2015 Joint Conference is a little more than a month away and I am excited about all of the learning opportunities and connections that will be happening in Las Vegas.  I remember attending the last Lamaze-ICEA joint conference five years ago and it was very memorab... Read More
August 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week and is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).  WABA is a global network of individuals & organizations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.  World Breastfeeding Week is traditionally... Read More
July 15, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The just released report – America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015, is a collaboration between 23 different Federal agencies, all participating in the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which was chartered in 1997 with a mission to collect and document... Read More
July 13, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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Today on Science & Sensibility, contributor Henci Goer takes a look at a systematic review released in spring that examined the impact of elective inductions on the cesarean rate.  Sound analysis or a house of cards?  Looking closer at the studies reviewed provides insight into how the... Read More
July 8, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and other professionals that work with expectant and new families often share information and resources on the topic of newborn and infant sleep. This subject always elicits lots of questions and discussion in my childbirth classes from the families.... Read More
July 1, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The journal PLOS Medicine published a research review yesterday, “The Mistreatment of Women during Childbirth in Health Facilities Globally: A Mixed-Method Systematic Review” (Bohren, et al, 2015). Reading this report was both disturbing and extremely sad to me. Respectful care is a part of the... Read More
June 15, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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Neel Shah, Harvard Medical School assistant professor and practicing obstetrician, commenting in the New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives section -  "A NICE Delivery - The Cross-Atlantic Divide over Treatment Intensity in Childbirth", agrees with new United Kingdom National Institu... Read More
June 3, 2015 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Last Tuesday, in part one of this two part post series, Andrea Lythgoe explained the Health Belief Model in her blog post Understanding the Health Belief Model.  Andrea discussed the different components that make up this model.  As we learned, perception is key and there are several different ways... Read More
June 1, 2015 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Today, regular contributor Andrea Lythgoe explains what the "Health Belief Model" is and how it may influence the decisions that your students and clients make.  As childbirth educators and other birth professionals, we sometimes scratch our head at the choices that some of the families we work with... Read More
May 17, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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"I hope I have made women aware that they have choices, they can get to know their body and trust their body."
 
Elisabeth Bing, 1914-2015, Co-Founder of Lamaze International
Elisabeth Bing, known as the "mother of Lamaze" passed away on Friday, May 15th, 2015 in her home in New York City, NY a few... Read More
May 11, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Eleni Z. Tsigas

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology highlighted some new research published by doctors and researchers at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative that demonstrated that the majority of preeclampsia-related deaths could have bee... Read More
May 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Kim James, BA, BDT(DONA), CD(PALS), ICCE, LCCE

May is International Doula Month and Lamaze International recognizes the importance of labor support. (Note - there are both birth and postpartum doulas who work with families during the childbearing year. We are grateful for the work that they both... Read More
May 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility join with other partners around the world to celebrate International Day of the Midwife. This global celebration is observed every year on May 5th and was officially recognized by the International Confederation of Midwives in 1992.... Read More
April 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Anne Estes, PhD, Illustrated by Cara Gibson, PhD

There has been much discussion and burgeoning research on how the mode of birth affects the microbiome of the infant (and later on the adult).  It is becoming clear that how babies are born impacts the type of bacteria that take up residence in an... Read More
April 20, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As we have mentioned earlier this month, when Jen Kamel discussed placenta accreta as a downstream risk factor of the increasing cesarean rate, April is Cesarean Awareness Month and the World Health Organization (WHO) has come out with a new statement (WHO Statement on Caesarean Section Rates) that... Read More
April 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Evidence Based Birth, occasional contributor Rebecca Dekker, Phd, RN, APRN, provides a comprehensive research review –  Induction for Going Past your Due Date: What does the Evidence Say?  I had an opportunity to preview the article and ask Rebecca some questions about her most recent proje... Read More
April 12, 2015 by Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
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"Sheila Kitzinger is a giant upon whose shoulders we will stand on as we continue our important work for women and their babies. She will be sorely missed." - Judith Lothian

Sheila Kitzinger passed away on April 12th at her home in Oxfordshire, England after a short illness  Ms. Kitzinger was 86 ye... Read More
April 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), and throughout the month, Science & Sensibility will be covering issues that are directly related to the number of cesareans (1,284,339 in 2013) performed every year in the United States. To start our CAM series off, Jen Kamel, founder of VBACFacts.com... Read More
March 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I have been a huge fan of Dr. Eugene Declercq and his team over at Birth by the Numbers ever since I watched the original Birth by the Numbers bonus segment that was found on the Orgasmic Birth DVD I purchased back in 2008.  I was on the board of REACHE when we brought Dr. Declercq to... Read More
March 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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ast week, Cynthia Good Mojab provided Science & Sensibility readers with the first two parts of her three-part series on the book “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” by Dr. Walker Karraa. Today on the blog, Cynthia shares her recent interview with Karraa.... Read More
March 11, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSMDr. Walker Karraa has written an insightful book examining depression as a transformative event in the lives of women who have experienced it after the birth of a child. Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM, reviews Dr. Karraa's book and... Read More
March 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Walker Karraa, PhD, a former contributor to Science & Sensibility, has authored a new book, Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth, that speaks to what lies on the other side for the 20 women she interviewed about their experiences with postpartum depression.... Read More
February 25, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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An article in The New York Times Opinion Pages – Room for Debate was released on February 24th, 2015. As customary in this style of article, the NYT asks a variety of experts to provide essays on the topic at hand, in this case, the safety of home birth. Henci Goer, author and international speaker... Read More
February 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has released a new infographic; "Can Good Intentions Backfire in Labor? A closer look at continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM). This infographic is suitable for childbirth educators, doulas and birth professionals to use and share with clients and students.Many birthing p... Read More
February 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Amy Romano was the original community manager, editor and writer of Science & Sensibility back when this blog was first established by Lamaze International in 2009. After a healthy stint in that role, Amy has since moved on to other positions and most recently can be found in the position of Vice P... Read More
February 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week. Critical Congenital Heart Defect screening can help identify and save the lives of newborns born with previously undetected but serious malformations of the heart that can significantly impact them as they transition to life on the outside.... Read More
February 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine released their second joint consensus statement on January 22nd, 2015. This consensus statement, Levels of Maternal Care is published in the February 2015 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Green Jou... Read More
February 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Having a blog or articles of interest on your website that are available to your students, clients and potential customers is a win-win situation for a birth professional. A win for your clientele because they are provided useful information and news important to them on the topics of pregnancy, bir... Read More
January 26, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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By Henci GoerIn October, Author Henci Goer wrote an article for Science & Sensibility, Epidural Anesthesia: To Delay or Not To Delay - That is the Question - examining the impact of the timing of an epidural on labor and birth.  Today Henci looks at some new research, Epidural ana... Read More
January 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Last week, Dr. Sarah Buckley in coordination with Childbirth Connection released a new research report, "Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies and Maternity Care."  This massive tome gathers in one place, all the current information available on the ro... Read More
January 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Elizabeth Noble, author, presenter, teacher, and advocate for mothers, babies and families, passed away last week after spending time in hospice care. Elizabeth was a highly respected physical therapist and internationally recognized expert on, and an advocate for, the normal physiology of pregnan... Read More
December 22, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has been periodically releasing a comprehensive series of infographics designed to help consumers understand maternal infant best practices.  These easy to read, evidence based infographics can help families to know the facts and supports the "Push for Your Baby" campaign t... Read More
December 8, 2014 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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By Christine H. Morton, PhDToday, Christine H. Morton, PhD, takes a moment to highlight a just released infographic and report by the California Healthcare Foundation that clearly shows the significance of birthing in a hospital that is "low performing."  This is a great follow up post to "Prac... Read More
November 24, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As November comes to a close, you may have read or seen many articles on the topic of premature babies.  November is Prematurity Awareness Month, recognized in the United States and around the world.  Prematurity affects 15 million babies a year globally and the downstream health consequen... Read More
November 19, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Evidence Based Birth, occasional contributor Rebecca Dekker, Phd, RN, APRN, provides a comprehensive research review - What is the Evidence for Inducing Labor if Your Water Breaks at Term?  When membranes are released at term, before a woman is in labor, this is referred to as pre... Read More
November 12, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Pam ViredayPam Vireday, an occasional contributor to Science & Sensibility reviews the recent study by Katy Kozhimannil, PhD and colleagues that examined the differences in cesarean rates between over a thousand hospitals in the USA.  Consumers of maternity care quite possibly... Read More
November 5, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRNMany news outlets and social media venues have been disseminating information on the Ebola virus and the impact on populations both in West Africa as well as the potential impact on developed nations, including the USA.  The expectant families that you work with... Read More
November 3, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As a follow up to Henci Goer's recent analysis of the the Cochrane Systematic Review of the just released epidural study - Early versus late initiation of epidural analgesia for labour,  I wanted to share the newest Lamaze International infographic "Is An Epidural My Only Option?" geared f... Read More
October 22, 2014 by Henci Goer, BA
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By Henci GoerUnless you have been "off the grid" on a solitary trek, surely you have read and heard the recent flurry of discussion surrounding the just released study making the claim that the timing of when a woman receives an epidural ("early" or "late" in labor) made no difference in the ra... Read More
October 13, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As we continue to observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I would like to discuss a difficult topic that may come up for childbirth educators. Last week, Robin Elise Weiss shared ways to commemorate the loss of a baby. Today, I would like to talk about when a class member experiences... Read More
October 6, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Please join Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility as we celebrate National Midwifery Week.  Midwives can and should play an integral part of healthy and safe birth practices here in the United States and around the world. Maternal infant health organizations and consumers alike are... Read More
October 1, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One of the highlights of my attendance at the joint Lamaze International/DONA International Confluence in Kansas City, MO last month was the opportunity to hear Eugene Declercq, PhD, present a plenary session entitled "What Listening to Mothers Can Tell Us about the Future Challenges in US Maternity... Read More
September 29, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In July, 2009, former blog community manager Amy Romano wrote about the Cochrane systematic review of intrapartum antibiotics for mothers with GBS colonization.  The researchers recently went back and did another review of for new literature and updated their research.  Melissa Garvey of the America... Read More
September 15, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Sherry L. Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC, CD(DONA)September is National Infant Mortality Month and today, Sherry L. Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC, CD(DONA) shares what she and her organization, Uzazi Village, are doing to help reduce infant mortality in the Black community, where Black babies are d... Read More
September 8, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Continuing the Science & Sensibility occasional  series: Welcoming All Families, Certified Nurse Midwife Emalee Danforth examines the research on perinatal and postpartum mental health on the family who arrives in your classroom or office with a history of infertility.  As the childbir... Read More
August 27, 2014 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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August has been designated as World Breastfeeding Month, and Science & Sensibility was happy to recognize this with a post earlier this month that included a fun quiz to test your knowledge of current breastfeeding information. Today, we continue on this topic and celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week... Read More
May 28, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Nasima Pfaffl, President, Citizens for Midwifery

© Richard Kimbrough Childbirth education students are typically attending classes in the last trimester of their pregnancy. Most likely, they have established care with a health care provider months ago. Families may receive care from obstetrician... Read More
May 22, 2014 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Earlier this week, I shared information on the Safety Action Series kickoff that all were invited to participate in, by the National Partnership for Maternal Safety – focused on reducing the maternal mortality ratio and morbidity ratio for mothers birthing in the U.S.... Read More
May 18, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Earlier this month a paper was published in The Lancet, "Global, regional, and national levels and causes of maternal mortality during 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013" that used statistical methods to estimate the number of maternal deaths from all causes... Read More
May 14, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is International Doula Month and I am delighted to recognize and celebrate this important member of the birth team today on Science & Sensibility.  A birth doula is a trained person (both men and women can be and are doulas) who supports a birthing person and their family during labor and birth... Read More
May 12, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and childbirth educators play a key role in informing families about the symptoms of this disease of pregnancy (or postpartum.) Eleni Tsigas, the Executive Director of The Preeclampsia Foundation shares the results of a recent survey quizzing women on their awaren... Read More
May 7, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In honor of Mother’s Day, which is coming up this weekend, I thought it would be important to talk about a challenge that many mothers face after having a baby. Returning to work and continuing to breastfeed their baby. Many countries offer a generous leave for new mothers, but here in the USA... Read More
April 30, 2014 by Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
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Last week, around the world, candidates for certification sat for the Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator exam.  That test represented the culmination of weeks, months and often years of planning, preparation, studying and hard work.  While the results are still some weeks out, I thought it would b... Read More
April 28, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As Cesarean Awareness Month (April 2014) comes to a close, I wanted to share ten things that childbirth educators can do in their childbirth classes to support families to avoid unneeded cesareans, help families to have a cesarean birth that is respectful and family centered and su... Read More
April 23, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Critical Congenital Heart Defect screening can help identify and save the lives of newborns born with previously undetected but serious malformations of the heart that can significantly impact them as they transition to life on the outside. Families can learn about the simple screening procedure in... Read More
April 21, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM). In a post earlier this month, I shared my favorite websites for birth professionals to learn and share with students and clients about cesarean prevention, recovery, vaginal birth after cesarean along with a fun quiz to test your knowledge about cesarean... Read More
April 14, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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While home birth has a proven safety record in countries outside the U.S., some attribute that to the fact that, in other countries, home birth takes place in the context of an integrated health care system. It is critical that all of the stakeholders in the maternal health care system are working t... Read More
April 9, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month, an event meant to direct the American public's attention to the United States' high cesarean rate. 32.8% of all birthing women gave birth by cesarean in 2012. A cesarean delivery can be a life-saving procedure when used appropriately, but it takes one's breath away... Read More
April 7, 2014 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Today, Andrea Lythgoe, LCCE and doula, takes a look at the peanut ball as a tool for promoting labor progress for women resting in bed or with an epidural.  Many more facilities are making this new tool available to laboring women. Childbirth educators will benefit by understanding how to teach pean... Read More
March 19, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A favorite resource for both myself as a childbirth educator and one that I share frequently with families in my classes has long been Childbirth Connection. Since 1918, when this organization was founded and known as the Maternity Center Association, they have been a "national voice for safe, effec... Read More
March 17, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Evidence Based Birth , a popular blog written by occasional Science & Sensibility contributor Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, has just published a new article, "Evidence for the Vitamin K Shot in Newborns" that examines Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB)- a rare but serious... Read More
March 12, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I have been working as Science & Sensibility's Community Manager for a few weeks shy of two years.  The past two years have been one of great growth for me personally, as I have stretched myself to explore and more clearly understand research related to maternal infant health. I have "labored" to ch... Read More
March 10, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Many of you may be busy preparing to sit for the exam that, will, upon passing, bestow the credentials; Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) after your name. The exam will be held during the 23-25th of April, 2014. For some of you, this has been a long time coming and you have been working... Read More
March 6, 2014 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Lamaze: An International History is  newly published book by Paula A. Michaels that takes a look at the historical concept of pain-free childbirth through breath control and other relaxation techniques.  Regular contributor, Deena Blumenfeld reviews this book and shares her thoughts on how accurate... Read More
February 26, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Tamara Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP, IBCLC, CHHC, LCCE Today, contributor Tamara Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP, IBCLC, CHHC, LCCE finishes her two part post series “Welcoming All Families; Working With Families of Color” with a fantastic post on evaluating how well your classes are meeting the needs of Women... Read More
February 24, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Tamara Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP, IBCLC, CHHC, LCCE
In honor of Black History Month, and as part of Science & Sensibility's occasional series on welcoming all families to our classrooms and practices, Tamara Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP, IBCLC, CHHC, LCCE writes a two part post for the series speaking to me... Read More
February 18, 2014 by Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
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I hope that readers of Science & Sensibility (and anyone working in the field of maternal infant health) are sitting down.  Be prepared to be blown away.  ACOG and SMFM have just released a joint Obstetric Care Consensus statement that has the potential to turn maternity care in the USA on its end.... Read More
February 11, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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If you are in any way familiar with Lamaze International, hopefully you are aware of the Six Healthy Birth Practices.  Many years ago, I fell in love with these nifty "guidelines" that supported and reinforced everything that I had been teaching in my childbirth classes. These six care practices pro... Read More
February 5, 2014 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Researcher and Lamaze International Board Member Christine H. Morton, Phd shares information about a just released Toolkit on educating professionals about preeclampsia and it’s potentially very serious consequences. Dr. Morton discusses how you can get a copy, take a webinar... Read More
February 3, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD

 Today, I am delighted to share with you an essay on risk written by sociologist and author Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD.  There has been much discussion and debate on two papers just published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, using the MANA Stats V2.0 data... Read More
January 29, 2014 by Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
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Today's post on Science & Sensibility coincides with the release of a long awaited study looking at the home birth data collected by the Midwives Alliance of North America MANAStats project, 2004-2009.  Judith Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE reviews the research that examines outcomes of... Read More
January 27, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As childbirth educators and birth professionals who work with expectant families, it is critical that we remain up to date on the newest data and research available on a wide variety of topics.  When we have current information, we are then able to share this information with... Read More
January 20, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and this year the campaign being presented is that birth defects are "Costly, Common and Critical."  This campaign is sponsored by the non-profit organization National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN). The NBDPN is a volun... Read More
January 15, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, Laurie Levy, LMP, MA, CD(DONA, PALS), CBE, shares her experiences as a childbirth educator and doula recently relocated to a new state.  Her exposures to a new birth culture and method of doing things has taken her breath away, as she settles in to supporting families... Read More
January 6, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Stages of Labor Third Edition: A Visual Guide has been a perennial favorite of childbirth educators for many, many years.  In fact, I clearly remember watching the Injoy precursor to this video in my own childbirth classes with my first daughter and she is almost 17 years old now.... Read More
December 30, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As we say goodbye to 2013 and look ahead to a new year, professionals all over the world are planning to attend a variety of conferences all around the world. For the second year in a row, Lamaze International's Science & Sensibility in partnership with Birthswell, have compiled a comprehensive... Read More
December 26, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Cara Terreri has been sharing her experiences as she works towards her Lamaze Childbirth Educator Certification. You can read Cara’s previous posts. Today on Science & Sensibility, Cara updates readers on what has been happening on her LCCE path and how she is preparing to sit for the spring LCCE... Read More
December 23, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility are all about supporting and promoting evidence based practice and evidence based health care. Here at Science & Sensibility, our mission is to help both professionals and consumers understand research and to encourage readers to view studies... Read More
December 18, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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Today, author Henci Goer takes a look at a new Cochrane Systematic Review; “Maternal positions and mobility during first stage labour” and finds that the results of this review support the 2nd Lamaze International Healthy Birth Practice: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor.... Read More
December 16, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Yesterday, I renewed my Lamaze International membership!  Membership runs with the calendar year and with this renewal I am all set for 2014.  Have you renewed your Lamaze membership yet?  Did you know that you do not have to be a childbirth educator to be a Lamaze International membe... Read More
December 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elias Kass, ND, LM, CPMBreastfeeding is often considered the next big challenge after childbirth. New mothers and babies work together to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship. Sometimes, there are complications that can make things harder than they should be.  Tongue tie is one... Read More
December 4, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On Tuesday, contributor Andrea Lythgoe wrote "Copy Right! Using Images in Your Presentations and Teaching Materials Appropriately"sharing what educators and presenters need to know when preparing to use images or other works for teaching materials and presentations.  We learned about what... Read More
December 2, 2013 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, contributor Andrea Lythgoe, LCCE, birth doula and photographer shares information about using images and text in your work as a birth professional - for teaching, marketing or other purposes.  Using images and other works responsibly is the right thing t... Read More
November 25, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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 Regular contributor Henci Goer examines the most recent study on the safety of home birth in the United States.  When taking a closer look at the data analysis done by the authors, there are concerns not addressed in the study, that raise issues that cause the study's conclusions to be qu... Read More
November 20, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The health concerns that affect preterm babies are well documented and much is known about the impact of an early birth on the long term health of children. Some of these issues were discussed in a recent post on Science & Sensibility highlighting World Prematurity Day. The issue of babies being... Read More
November 6, 2013 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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By Christine Morton, PhD What accounts for the dramatic rise in cesarean delivery in the United States over the past two decades? In her new book, Cut it Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America, sociologist Theresa Morris addresses this question by going to the source: she interviewed maternity... Read More
November 4, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRNOccasional Science & Sensibility contributor Rebecca Dekker of www.EvidenceBasedBirth.com examines the practice of Moxibustion to help turn breech babies head down.  Rebecca looks at what the current research shows on this ancient treatment for turning babies... Read More
October 30, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This past weekend I attended the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) annual conference; Birthing Social Change in Portland, OR. The conference was attended by more than 300 midwives and their supporters. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of general sessions and the concurrents I attended.... Read More
October 28, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I wanted to use today's blog post to share how grateful I am for all of the continuing education opportunities that Lamaze International offers both Lamaze members and non-members alike throughout the year.  Earlier in October, I was able to join other professionals at the annual Lamaze Interna... Read More
October 23, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Attorney and Lactation Consultant Liz Brooks, President of the International Lactation Consultant Association, takes a look at the issues that childbirth professionals might want to consider before sharing information on a social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or ot... Read More
October 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has long been a leader in providing resources for both parents and birth professionals that promote safe and healthy birth for women and babies.  Evidence based information, appealing handouts, useful webinars for both parents and professionals, continuing education opportu... Read More
October 2, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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The 20 minute electronic fetal monitoring strip is a "right of passage" for any woman being admitted to the hospital in labor.  But is this automatic 20 minute strip evidence based?  Regular Science & Sensibility contributor Henci Goer takes a look at a recent Cochrane systematic revie... Read More
September 25, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH, MANA Division of Research, Assistant Professor, Bastyr University Dept of MidwiferyMidwife Wendy Gordon shares with Science & Sensibility readers why the recent home birth research using 5 minute Apgar scores does not produce reliable data that consumers... Read More
September 16, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, I wanted to share with readers some of my favorite birth related blogs, after Science & Sensibility of course! I subscribe to over 400 blogs, on a variety of topics, not just birth. I hope that someone has a larger blog list then I do, otherwise I will start t... Read More
September 2, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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Regular Science & Sensibility contributor and author Henci Goer takes a look at the recent Cochrane review "Continuous cardiotocography (CTG) as a form of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) for fetal assessment during labour" to determine if the researchers found any new information on the benefi... Read More
August 28, 2013 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, regular contributor Deena Blumenfeld takes a look at the recent study that examined a link between induction and augmentation of labor with an autism diagnosis in those same children during their school years.  Did you have a chance to read the study?... Read More
August 21, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Richard N. Waldman, MDThe Lamaze International Annual Conference is being held October 11-13, 2013 in New Orleans, LA.  "Let the Good Times Roll for Safe and Healthy Birth" is the theme and there is a fabulous line up of speakers and events planned.   Birth professionals who serve women... Read More
August 19, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Last week, I had the opportunity to interview Amber McCann, a keynote speaker for the 2013 Annual Lamaze International Conference. Today, I am delighted to share with you a recent interview with our second keynote speaker, Dr. Richard N. Waldman, an obstetrician and gynecologist at St. Joseph's in... Read More
August 14, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Amber McCann, IBCLCToday's post is written by Amber McCann, IBCLC.  Amber is one of the two keynote speakers at the upcoming Lamaze International Annual Conference in New Orleans this October.  Science & Sensibility readers had a chance to "meet" Amber in yesterday's interview on... Read More
August 12, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This year's annual conference is a just a short two months away, and the more I learn about what Lamaze International has in store for conference attendees, the more excited I get! The venue is the wonderful city of New Orleans and the theme is "Let the Good Times Roll for a Safe and Healthy Birth."... Read More
August 5, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As World Breastfeeding Week continues, the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating breastfeeding for new mothers is examined. Midwifery clients and their babies exceed national breastfeeding rates compared to the general population and our authors today, Jill Breen, Jeanette McCulloch and... Read More
July 31, 2013 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International and our contributors are proud to support  World Breastfeeding Week 2013, running August 1-7.  The Sixth Healthy Birth Practice- "Keep mother and baby together- It's best for mother, baby and breastfeeding" stresses the importance of getting... Read More
July 29, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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 Today on Science & Sensibility, regular contributor Henci Goer takes a look at a new retrospective study looking at the potential relationship between cesarean birth and endometriosis development in the mother in the years after her surgery.  Did you know that research indicates an in... Read More
July 24, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Mark Sloan, M.D.Last fall, Dr. Mark Sloan wrote an extremely well-received post on Science & Sensibility, Common Objections to Delayed Cord Clamping; What's the Evidence Say? that both professionals and consumers could use to understand and discuss the benefits of delayed cord clamping.... Read More
July 17, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Earlier this week, Elizabeth Jones, APHL, shared with us the current research and information on newborn screening. In today’s post, we’re sharing real stories from parents of children whose lives were saved because of newborn screening. – Sharon Muza, Community Manager.... Read More
July 15, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elizabeth Jones, APHL Today, Elizabeth Jones brings us up to date on the current research and information we need to know in order to be able to accurately discuss newborn screening and the research behind it with our clients, students and patients.  Make sure you are current on what yo... Read More
July 10, 2013 by Jacqueline Levine, LCCE,FACCE,CD, CLC
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Regular contributor, Jacqueline Levine, shares her experiences teaching Lamaze classes and ponders the responses to the question "Why have you come to this class?" The responses motivate her to continue to teach evidence based information and provide families with the resources they need to have a s... Read More
July 8, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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 Today, regular contributor, Henci Goer takes a look at the recent study on prescribing bed rest for the prevention of preterm birth.  Despite not preventing a premature baby, and even possibly increasing the likelihood, it is still routinely recommended for pregnant women.  Please en... Read More
July 4, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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If you have a conference to share with our readers, or you have some updated information on a conference already listed, please use our conference contact form to pass the info along.  We will then make sure to update our information! You can always find the most updated conference list by clicking... Read More
July 1, 2013 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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In this third series on Understanding Research, we will take a basic look at methodologies that are used in research. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be explored, with discussion on the reasons different approaches might be used and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Hopefully t... Read More
June 26, 2013 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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In this third series on Understanding Research, we will take a basic look at methodologies that are used in research. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be explored, with discussion on the reasons different approaches might be used and the strengths and weaknesses of each.... Read More
June 24, 2013 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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I am delighted to welcome regular contributor, Andrea Lythgoe back to Science & Sensibility.  In this third series on Understanding Research, we will take a basic look at methodologies that are used in research. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be explored, with discussion... Read More
June 19, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On Tuesday, I highlighted the news that teen birth rates have dropped significantly. Our occasional series on welcoming all families continues today by examining the issue of teaching childbirth education classes for teen parents.  Teenagers and very young adults may be part of your student pop... Read More
June 17, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, I highlight the recent news about the significant drop in teenaged births in the US, including some interesting trends.  Then on Thursday, we will continue our "Welcoming All Families'" series with "Working with Teen Parents" and take a look at childbirth classes for teenage mothers.  ... Read More
June 12, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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With Father's Day being celebrated this Sunday, Certified Doula David Goldman shares his experiences as both a birth doula and expecting father, as he ponders the role birth professionals and health care providers have in welcoming or marginalizing the partner during pregnancy, birth and early paren... Read More
May 23, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by Caryn RogersMay is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month and the Preeclampsia Foundation has been holding Promise Walks all around the country to raise awareness of this disease and generate funds for research.  Caryn Rogers, Senior Science Writer for the Preeclampsia Foundation has provided... Read More
May 22, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Have you been checking out the constantly updated list of maternal health, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum conferences that Science & Sensibility maintains in cooperation with Birthswell.We are asking for your help! If you have a conference to share with our readers, or you have some updated... Read More
May 14, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Childbirth Connection's Listening to Mothers Initiative just released the Listening to Mothers III (LTMIII) results late last week.  For the third time in the past 11 years, this organization has gone out and queried women on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth, postpartum and... Read More
May 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Childbirth Connection has just released the Listening to Mothers III study today, and will holding a press conference shortly to share the results.  I plan to listen in and read the study thoroughly to see what the mothers have to say!  Look for a complete post early next week evaluat... Read More
May 8, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This Thursday 1-2 pm ET, you are invited to speak with national health care leaders about findings from Listening To Mothers III -- the third in a series of major national studies that examines women's maternity experiences from before birth through the postpartum period. Among many other findings,... Read More
May 2, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN, Executive Director of Midwives Alliance of North AmericaThis week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement on home birth. While the statement affirmed "the right of women to make a medically informed decision about delivery", many advocates expre... Read More
April 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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]Occasional Science & Sensibility contributor Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth has spent the last month writing a blog article about Group B Strep and it is finally here! In her painstaking but clear... Read More
April 2, 2013 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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by Christine H. Morton, PhD and Monica Basile, PhD, CPM, CD(DONA), CCE (BWI)Last month there were great discussions after a study was published by the University of Minnesota, examining the potential cost savings to Medicaid if doulas worked with Medicaid clients, helping to reduce intervention... Read More
March 28, 2013 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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by Christine H. Morton, PhD and Monica Basile, PhD, CPM, CD(DONA), CCE (BWI)Last month there were great discussions after a study was published by the University of Minnesota, examining the potential cost savings to Medicaid if doulas worked with Medicaid clients, helping to reduce interve... Read More
March 21, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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 Regular contributor Henci Goer, author of several books including Optimal Care in Childbirth as well as the expert on Lamaze International's "Ask Henci" site, takes a look at a recent study that examines the wide divergence in cesarean rates amongst U.S. hospitals.  Read Henci's take... Read More
March 20, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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PR News announced this week that Lamazes Push for Your Baby campaign was a co-winner for the 2013 Nonprofit PR Award for Digital PR and Marketing.The Push for Your Baby campaign worked to provide expecting mothers with key information they needed to push for a safe and healthy birth for their baby.... Read More
March 19, 2013 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Regular contributor Deena Blumenfeld shares her recent experience with a “research” article that washed over social media outlets and was shared and discussed by many birth professionals.  Deena explains how she fell in step with others and ended up being lead down the wrong path.... Read More
March 14, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Everyone loves a good conference and birth professionals are no different.  The opportunity to attend a conference, learn about new research, hear current evidence, and acquire new skills, while also networking with other people who share your professional interests is very valuable.  Comi... Read More
March 12, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH, MANA Division of Research, Assistant Professor, Bastyr University Dept of MidwiferyToday, occasional contributor, midwife and researcher Wendy Gordon, LM, CPM, MPH, Midwives Alliance Division of Research, shares some insights into some of the fascin... Read More
March 7, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Dr. Michael Klein,  M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P., F.A.A.P. (Neonatal/Perinatal), F.C.P.S.,is a pediatrician/neonatologist and family physician researcher and educator based at Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the Centre for Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health of the Child and Family Research... Read More
February 21, 2013 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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Last April, the ABIM Foundation, with Consumer Reports and other partners, drew national attention to overuse of ineffective and harmful practices across the health care system with their Choosing Wisely campaign. As part of the campaign, professional medical societies identified practices within... Read More
February 14, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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In my January Science and Sensibility blog post, I answered the question “Can We Prevent Persistent Occiput Posterior?” but because it wasn’t relevant to the study that prompted the post, and the piece was already long, I didn’t look at the role of epidural analgesia. Let me now rectify that.... Read More
February 6, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of Evidence Based Birth shares a quick but very effective video tutorial on how to use the Cochrane Library to find evidence based information on maternity care topics.  Free and full access to the Cochrane Library is a Lamaze International member benef... Read More
January 31, 2013 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health has just published the results of the National Birth Center Study II. As the name suggests, this is the second time researchers have undertaken a multi-site study of U.S. birth centers to understand the process and outcomes of care in these settings.... Read More
January 24, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In the occasional series on Welcoming All Families, we have explored how to make our classes and practices welcoming for women of size and lesbians.  Today on Science & Sensibility, Certified Nurse Midwife Simon Adriane Ellis shares how to offer care and classes that are sensitive... Read More
January 15, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As I wrote about in my January 3rd, 2012 post on the top 10 reasons to join Lamaze International, one of the great benefits of being a Lamaze member is complete access to the Cochrane Collaboration.  The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organization whose purpose is to make avail... Read More
January 10, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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 The past few weeks have been big ones for 95 year old, New York based Childbirth Connection.  Since I started working in the birth world, I have always appreciated the information and publications from Childbirth Connection, not only to advance my own professional knowledge, but as a... Read More
January 8, 2013 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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By Christine H. Morton, PhD “Experienced nurses practicing in a nurse-managed labor model have the potential to change patient outcomes.” Today, on Science & Sensibility, Christine Morton, PhD takes a look at a study examining the role of nurses in helping to achieve a vaginal birth for patients... Read More
January 3, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Did you know that Lamaze International membership runs with the calendar year?  Did you remember to renew your membership at the end of 2012, or did it get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, along with your normal everyday juggle of work, family and self-care?  Have you conside... Read More
December 18, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of Evidence Based BirthDo you talk about perineal massage with your students, clients and patients and state that perineal massage during pregnancy will/will not reduce tearing during birth?  today, Rebecca Dekker, of Evidence Based Birth takes a look at th... Read More
December 13, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By: Walker KarraaRegular contributor Walker Karraa has written an excellent three part series on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) and what the childbirth educator or birth professional can do to help women get the help they may need when dealing with mental illness during the pr... Read More
December 4, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri, BA, Community Manager for Lamaze Internationals Giving Birth With Confidence blogToday is the second post in an occasional series on Science & Sensibility, Journey to LCCE Certification.   We are following Cara Terreri as she progresses on the path to become a... Read More
November 29, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by Wendy Gordon, LM, CPM, MPH, Midwives Alliance Division of ResearchToday, midwife and researcher, Wendy Gordon, LM, CPM, MPH, Midwives Alliance Division of Research, takes a look at the recent article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that shared the authors' view of the appropr... Read More
November 8, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Continuing along in our occasional series on "Welcoming All Families" to our childbirth classes, this two part guest post is written by Pam Vireday,  creator of the Well-Rounded Mama blog.  Today, Pam shares how to promote optimum outcomes at the births of plus sized mothers. Cli... Read More
November 5, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Continuing along in our occasional series on "Welcoming All Families" to our childbirth classes, this two part guest post is written by Pam Vireday,  creator of the Well-Rounded Mama blog.  Are your childbirth classes friendly to women of size?  What special accomodations an... Read More
October 25, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This is a big weekend for Lamaze International for many reasons.  The 2012 Innovative Learning Forum is happening starting tomorrow in Nashville, TN, and right now, childbirth professionals and those interested in improving maternity care for childbearing women are making their way to Nashville... Read More
October 23, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today's post is a fascinating interview that took place between Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of Evidence Based Birth and Kyoung Suk Lee, PhD, MPH, RN, APRN. Rebecca asked Dr. Lee to provide a review of the Wax Home Birth Meta-Analysis, as an "unbiased outsider", but highly skilled researc... Read More
October 18, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I had waited excitedly for the release of Henci Goer and Amy Romanos new book for a long time and was delighted to receive it after it was published in May 2012. Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach was a robust, updated successor to Hencis previous book; Obstetric Myths... Read More
October 16, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze Childbirth Educators work hard to be innovative and creative when designing their childbirth classes. Today’s post is another in an occasional series highlighting different methods for teaching birth classes. Kim James, CD(DONA), CD(PALS), ICCE, LCCE, BDT(DONA), who demonstrates that with... Read More
September 28, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By: Walker Karraa, MFA, MAToday's post is by regular S&S contributor Walker Karraa who shares a resource that is geared for both providers and expectant families alike, how fetal development is influenced by the environment that babies grow in utero. SMResearchers from the ... Read More
September 24, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today we have a blog post from keynote speaker, Steven B. Frye, Ph.D.. As a reminder, today is the last day to sign up for the early bird registration for the Lamaze Conference 2012. We can't wait to see you there!As a full-time university professor, I know all-too-well the struggle to communicate w... Read More
September 19, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The  Canadian Medical Association Journal, published in their September 12, 2012 issue a very interesting study examining how a team approach to maternity care might improve maternal and neonat aloutcomes.  The study, Effect of a collaborative interdisciplinary maternity care program on pe... Read More
September 13, 2012 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Today's post is the second one on disparities in maternal health care by regular Science & Sensibility contributor, Christine Morton, PhD, who is a medical sociologist and has researched and written about disparities in maternal health for many years.  Today, Christine takes... Read More
September 11, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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When I was just barely pregnant with my first child, I rushed out to purchase a huge armload of pregnancy and birth books that sat on the night table and I made sure to read a bit each night before going to sleep.  One of those books, (I can't even recall the title now) was designed to be read... Read More
September 7, 2012 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Today's post is by regular Science & Sensibility contributor, Christine Morton, PhD, who is a medical sociologist and has researched and written about disparities in maternal health for many years.  Today, Christine takes a look at why women of color in the United States are facin... Read More
August 30, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, RN, APRNToday's post on the Evidence for Induction for Low Amniotic Fluid in a Healthy Pregnancy is a guest post by blogger Rebecca Dekker, owner of  the fairly new blog in the birth world, Evidence Based Birth that has been  very well received and enjoyed b... Read More
August 23, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri, BA, Community Manager for Lamaze International's Giving Birth With Confidence blogToday, an occasional series starts on Science & Sensibility, "Journey to LCCE Certification."   We will follow Cara Terreri as she progresses on the path to become a Lamaze Certified... Read More
August 3, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This post is part of a blog carnival in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.  Honored to participate- SMAs it is World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, my Google alerts, Facebook feeds and favorite blogs have been swirling with statistics, information, celebratory tidbits and... Read More
July 31, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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This is part one of a two part series on the support needs of women who experience postpartum psychosis, and their partners and is written by regular contributor Walker Karraa.  Part two will run next week. - SMSupport Needs of Mothers Who Experience Postpartum Psychosis and Their Partners (Dou... Read More
July 12, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Mark Sloan, pediatrician and author of Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth. Dr. Sloan takes a look at impact of cesarean birth on normal gut bacteria.... Read More
July 10, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Today's Science & Sensibility post is written by regular contributor, Kathy Morelli.  To learn more about Kathy, please check out our contributor page or visit her at her website.Lamaze Childbirth Educators work hard to be innovative and creative when designing their childbirth classes... Read More
July 5, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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When the study titled Elective birth at 37 weeks of gestation versus standard care for women with an uncomplicated twin pregnancy at term: the Twins Timing of Birth Randomised Trial came out on June 13, 2012 both the BJOG:An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in... Read More
June 8, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A Guest Post by Anna Deligio, MSW, LCCE, CD(DONA)Today's post is the second in an occasional series on welcoming all families to your childbirth class and honoring the diversity that different family models bring to pregnancy, birth and parenting.  You can read the first part in this... Read More
June 5, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Guest post by Cathy Busha, MSWThis post is the first in an occasional series on CBE teaching strategies that embrace the diverse populations that take childbirth classes.  Childbirth educators that want to welcome all families to their classes will find information and resources in the ser... Read More
May 31, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Robin Elise Weiss, MPH, LCCE, FACCE,  writes a guest post on a exciting new feature on the Lamaze International website for LCCEs. Learn more about Robin on her website.If you haven't noticed, there is a whole new section for educators on the Lamaze International site called Lamaze Connect... Read More
May 28, 2012 by Henci Goer, BA
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A recent study of elective induction at term purports to show that it would reduce perinatal mortality without affecting spontaneous birth rates, although it would increase admission to a special neonatal care unit if done before 41 weeks. The study, conducted in Scotland, analyzed outcomes of 1,271... Read More
May 24, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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This is a post by Science & Sensibility’s regular contributor, Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA) The recently published study, “Reducing Postpartum Depressive Symptoms Among Black and Latina Mothers: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (Howell et al., 2012) has garnered attention among birth and perinata... Read More
May 22, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has released a new campaign, "Push for Your Baby!" that demonstrates the key role that childbirth educators have in providing the tools for mother and families to ask for and receive the best care possible for their pregnancy, labor and birth.Along with the "Push for Your Baby"... Read More
May 18, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Did you know that Lamaze is launching a new campaign called Push for Your Baby? Its an effort to encourage women to speak up and push for better care for themselves and their babies, and to spotlight the role that childbirth education has in equipping women with the information they need to be ac... Read More
May 17, 2012 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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You can get from New Jersey to Maryland in less than an hour, but despite the proximity, New Jersey hospitals, on average, charge 3-4 times more than Maryland hospitals for both vaginal and cesarean births. This is just one of the notable facts gleaned from Childbirth Connection's analyses of the la... Read More
May 14, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Science is simply common sense at its best.  ~Thomas HuxleyScience.  Sensibility.  Science and sensibility are good words.  I gravitate to these words naturally.  These words offer me security, comfort and a feeling of order in the world.  I am delighted and honored to... Read More
May 4, 2012 by Lamaze Administrator
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As regular readers know, Lamaze has been searching for a new Community Manager for this blog. Its been a rigorous process with many fantastic applicants, each of whom would have brought the blog in great new directions. We had to make a choice and we are thrilled to introduce officially our new Sci... Read More
May 2, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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In January of 2012, Marian MacDorman and her colleagues compiled a data brief for the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. This brief, entitled Home Births in the United States, 1990- 2009, noted la... Read More
April 30, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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We wrap up Cesarean Awareness Month and acknowledge the week of International Midwifery Day with a post about an initiative to  create a VBAC Friendly Hospital, led by midwives.ln honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, Lakeisha Dennis, the Chapter Leader of International Cesarean Awareness Network... Read More
April 23, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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A guest post by Sana Johnson-Quijada, MDAutism is a syndrome, not a disease, with multiple genetic and non-genetic causes (Muhle, Trentacoste and Rapin; 2004). Current research has not been able to clearly define a definite cause of autism.A recent study has added to our body of knowledge about auti... Read More
April 18, 2012 by Henci Goer, BA
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How Long Can Labor Safely Be?By regular contributor, Henci GoerA few weeks ago Kathy Morelli wrote an S&S blog post about a study comparing labor patterns in the 1960s with labor patterns today. The contemporary data were collected by the U.S. Consortium on Safe Labor (CSL), a collection of 19 h... Read More
April 6, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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A guest posting by Jill Wodnick, MA. Hudson Perinatal Community Doula Valerie Inzinna explains, “I first met Tina (not her real name) in January. She was nervous, scared and very much alone. We took Lamaze childbirth education classes together at a federally funded health center;... Read More
April 2, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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New research was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Katherine Laughon, MD, and her colleagues, D. Ware Branch, M.D., Julie Beaver, M.S, and Jun Zhang, Ph.D., M.D., (2012) examined differences in childbirth labor patterns over the past fifty years, comparing data from a l... Read More
March 28, 2012 by Henci Goer, BA
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The headline on a recent BBC News health article reads: Planned repeat C-sections safer. The article goes on to report on two studies that appear to support that conclusion, but do they really? Lets see what the article says and follow with a look at the actual studies. One of the studies, the B... Read More
March 20, 2012 by Henci Goer, BA
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Last month yet another study appeared reporting that compared with first vaginal birth, first cesarean increased the likelihood of late antepartum fetal death in the next pregnancy. The study encompassed 10,712 women with one prior birth who had pregnancy duration of 34 weeks or more and were carryi... Read More
March 13, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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On February 15th, the Cochrane Library published a new review comparing cardiotocography (CTG) to intermittent auscultation of fetal heart rate on admission to the labor ward for assessment of fetal well-being (1). The results of the review support current recommendations from healthcare providers w... Read More
February 29, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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On Monday, February 27, 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published its revised policy statement, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.  Since presenting the best, evidence based information to our students, clients and patients is paramount, we suggest you read the publication... Read More
February 27, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Guest post by Ngozi D. Tibbs BS, CD, LCCE, IBCLCSome days I find it hard to watch the news. We are bombarded by stories of child neglect and abuse. The stories that are particularly disturbing involve sexual abuse.  It causes one to wonder, is sexual abuse occurring more often, or is... Read More
February 23, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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A new study has been making the rounds of the popular news sites.  The abstract - 65: Neonatal outcomes associated with intended place of birth: birth centers and home birth compared to Hospitals  The abstract of the study is published in AJOG It was presented at the Society for Maternal... Read More
February 2, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Walker: How does someone know they are a researcher? Cheryl: I guess it is when you get up in the morning and working on your research project is what you can't wait to do. It is the part of your job that you love the most. You have a love for discovering new knowledge in order to improve patient... Read More
January 31, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Walker: How did you discover your love of research?  Cheryl: It began during my graduate studies at Yale University. There I received my masters in nursing degree plus became a certified nurse-midwife. At Yale, research is a way of life. The value of research as the most important way to system... Read More
January 27, 2012 by Darline Turner-Lee
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“Bed rest is ineffective in treating anything” So reads the title of the clinical POEM presented in Essential Evidence (www.essentialevidence.com) in January 2000. The poem is a summary of a study published in the Lancet by Allen et al entitled, “Bed rest: a potentially harmful treatment needing... Read More
January 26, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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In this installment, Cheryl Beck discusses the importance of screening and education for preventing PTSD after childbirth. Walker: In your 2006 work with Jeanne Watson Driscoll, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Clinician's Guide, you recommended clinicians use the Perinatal Posttraumatic St... Read More
January 24, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing and a certified nurse-midwife–having received both her certificate in nurse-midwifery and Master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from Yale University. Cheryl also... Read More
January 19, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing has published the majority of qualitative research regarding postpartum depression, PTSD following childbirth offering unparalleled data regarding the lived experience of... Read More
January 10, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Later this month, Science & Sensibility contributors will share their hopes for the year 2012: what we would like to see accomplished in the ensuing months on behalf of mothers, babies and families, and the maternity care industry as a whole.  One of my hopes for the coming year(s) is that... Read More
January 6, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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This past September, news hit the popular media that several Oregon state hospitals introduced a “hard stop” on elective deliveries—including elective cesarean sections—prior to 39 completed weeks of gestation, with the potential to decrease the incidence of late term premature birth—birth occurring... Read More
January 5, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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In November, 2011, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their preliminary National Vital Statistics data for 2010. Included in this data is a minor decrease in cesarean section rates—from 32.9 percent in 2009 to 32.8 percent in 2010—representing the first drop in this mode of... Read More
January 4, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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According to Glanz, Rimer and Viswanath in Health Behavior and Health Education (2008): Change strategies are most effective and likely to be sustained when they are directed at multiple levels of the organization, while simultaneously taking the external environment into account.... Read More
January 3, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Maternal Mortality through the Lens of Psychosocial TheoryThe quandary of pregnancy-related death in our country is a complex one with numerous variables at play.  Breaking this public health challenge into two broad categories, systems and individuals, allows us to apply the constructs of a... Read More
January 2, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Last week, we featured the five-part completion of Christine Morton and Kathleen Pine's assessment of the current Maternal Quality Care landscape in the United States.  What a great way to close out the year by scrutinizing the measures our nation is taking--at both the federal and community... Read More
December 30, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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[Editor's Note:  In this final segment of Christine Morton and Kathleen Pine's series on the Maternal Quality Care landscape in the United States, the post authors look at where the <39 weeks elective deliveries bans have been effective, and where such attempts may have some unintended... Read More
December 29, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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[Editor's note:  Continuing with Christine Morton and Kathleen Pine's review of U.S. Maternal Quality Care measures assessment this week, and in completion of their three-part series, today they discuss methods of data collection and the problems that sometimes occur in accurate documentation.]... Read More
December 28, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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How Hospitals Measure ED < 39 Weeks Next we discuss how hospitals actually compile the data elements needed to calculate their rate of elective deliveries occurring between 37 and 39 completed weeks gestation.  It is crucial to remember that successful Quality Measurement depends on the... Read More
December 27, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Perinatal Measure Case Study:  Elective Deliveries <39 Weeks The <39 weeks measure is designed to capture the percentage of elective vaginal or cesarean deliveries at greater than or equal to 37 and less than 39 completed weeks of gestation.   Elective in this sense means “scheduled and having no... Read More
December 26, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Quality measures, transparency, and quality improvement –these “buzz words” are proliferating in the blogosphere, reflecting increased activity and interest around improving the quality of health care in the United States. How does maternity care fit into this picture? This blog post series... Read More
November 29, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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The much-anticipated Planned Place of Birth study out of the UK emerged last week in the British Medical Journal.  As I complete a Biostatistics course for my Master’s of Public Health ~ Maternal & Child Health program, I have to admit:  this study, including the wealth of data contained herein, is... Read More
November 21, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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In our past blog posts, Kathleen Pine and I have been writing about the process by which quality measures in perinatal care are developed, endorsed and then adopted by various entities.The last comprehensive National Quality Forum (NQF) review of Perinatal Measures was in 2008 which endorsed 17 meas... Read More
August 30, 2011 by Darline Turner-Lee
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Preterm delivery, delivery before 37 completed weeks of gestation, has been shown to cause  significant morbidity in infants and to be a cause of lifelong health problems in these children. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports, Preterm birth is a leading cause of neonatal and infant... Read More
August 9, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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As many of you may recall, we ran a series on issues pertaining to maternal overweight/obesity here on Science & Sensibility not too long ago.  Throughout the series, we looked at the common complications associated with maternal obesityand questioned which of those complications were iatr... Read More
July 27, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Next week is World Breastfeeding Week.  Here at Science & Sensibility, we want to share with our readers examples of lactation support gone right.  We invite you to take a brief moment to reflect on a scenario in your practice in which your evidence-based guidance led a mother-baby duo... Read More
July 25, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Last week, I accompanied Cara Terreri (Community Manager of our sister site, Giving Birth With Confidence) in delivering a Lamaze-sponsored webinar* on social media for the childbirth educator.  During the webinar, we discussed common social media platforms and the question of why on earth woul... Read More
July 25, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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"Young women these days may not need a book to get answers to their questions about pregnancy. After all, they have the Internet for that." - NPR's Lynn Near on What to Expect When You're Expecting Birth activists, professionals, practitioners: take note.  Women "of all ages and socio-economic level... Read More
July 22, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is the fifth and final part of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa, and OBGYN Dr. Michael Lu.  To read the interview from the beginning, go here.  For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources... Read More
July 21, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is the fourth part of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa, and OBGYN Dr. Michael Lu.  To read the interview from the beginning, go here.  For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources and bibliog... Read More
July 20, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is part three of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa, and OBGYN Dr. Michael Lu.  To read the series from the beginning, go here. For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources and bibliography_dr lu in... Read More
July 19, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is part two of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa and OBGYN/researcher, Dr. Michael Lu.  To read this interview from the beginning, go here.For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources and bibliogra... Read More
July 18, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Last April, I sat down with Dr. Michael C. Lu, director of the UCLA Preconception Care Clinic, lead investigator for Los Angeles County in the National Children’s Study, and newly appointed Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ committee on infant mortality.  Dr. Lu is an associate... Read More