Commentaries: Expanding the Conversation

New Largest Ever Waterbirth Study

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Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, May 2019

Abstract The randomized controlled trial (RCT) is considered the gold standard study design in clinical and public health research. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires numerous RCTs before approval of new drugs and devices. Systematic reviews or meta-analyses based on RCTs are considered the highest level of evidence by…

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Born at home: The biological, cultural and political dimensions of maternity care in the United States (Book)

Synopsis This is a book about women who choose to give birth at home against the wishes and indeed the interests of established medicine. It focuses on conditions in the US. It places the issue within the context of the continuing health care crisis in this country and poses surprisingly…

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Cultural Competency in Health Care: Evaluating the Outcomes of a Cultural Competency Training among Health Care Professionals

Abstract PURPOSE The purpose of this research was to examine the effectiveness of a cultural competency training program designed to improve the knowledge and skills of health care providers and administrators engaging in cross-cultural, clinical encounters. METHODS We conducted an evaluation study among 43 health care professionals (health care providers…

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Narratives of Risk: Speaking Across the Hospital/ Homebirth Divide

Find the full study Open source. To access the full article, click here Citation Cheyney, M. and C. Everson. (2009). Narratives of Risk: Speaking Across the Hospital/ Homebirth Divide. Anthropology Newsletter 50(3): 7-8.

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Homebirth as Systems-Challenging Praxis: Knowledge, Power and Intimacy in the Birthplace

Abstract In this article, I examine the processes and motivations involved when women in the United States choose to circumvent the dominant obstetric care paradigm by delivering at home with a group of care providers called direct-entry midwives. Using grounded theory, participant observation, and open-ended, semistructured interviewing, I collected and…

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