General and Cross-cultural Health Care

Birth and the Big Bad Wolf: Biocultural Evolution and Human Childbirth, Part 2

Abstract In Part 2 of this two-part article, we further employ the lens of evolutionary medicine to explore similarities in premodern biocultural features of birth, arguing that these were an outgrowth of our common evolutionary heritage as bipedal primates. These practices grew out of the empiricism of millennia of trial…

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Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, September 2020

Abstract An extensive review of new resources to support the provision of evidence-based care for women and infants. The current column includes a discussion of “spin” in scientific reporting and its effect on summaries and syntheses of the literature and commentaries on reviews about early versus late amniotomy as part…

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The association between hospital volume of labor after cesarean and outcomes in California

Abstract Background Labor after cesarean (LAC) is an alternative to planned repeat cesarean delivery. The effect of hospital-level factors on LAC frequency and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) has been relatively understudied. It was our goal to determine if hospital frequency of LAC (number of women undergoing LAC/number of women…

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Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, July 2020

Abstract An extensive review of new resources to support the provision of evidence-based care for women and infants. The current column includes a discussion of whether it is ethical not to offer doula care to all women, and commentaries on reviews focused on folic acid and autism spectrum disorder, and…

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Birth and the Big Bad Wolf: Biocultural Evolution and Human Childbirth, Part 1

Abstract Once upon a time, there were six little pigs who set out to seek their fortunes in the world (okay, we know that in the original story there were only three, but just bear with us here!). Far away from home they journeyed, until the first little pig spied…

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Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, March 2020

Abstract An extensive review of new resources to support the provision of evidence-based care for women and infants. The current column includes a discussion of the concept of overdiagnosis and implications for research and commentaries on reviews focused on exogenous progestogen to maintain pregnancies and cancer risk among children conceived…

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Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, January 2020

Abstract A review of new resources to support the provision of evidence-based care for women and infants. Find the full study Subscription only. To request a copy, contact us here. Citation Bovbjerg, Marit. (2019). Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, January 2020. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 49.

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The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States

Abstract BACKGROUND Recently WHO researchers described seven dimensions of mistreatment in maternity care that have adverse impacts on quality and safety. Applying the WHO framework for quality care, service users partnered with NGOs, clinicians, and researchers, to design and conduct the Giving Voice to Mothers (GVtM)–US study. METHODS Our multi-stakeholder team…

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Birth in Eight Cultures (Book)

Synopsis This stunning sequel to Brigitte Jordan’s landmark Birth in Four Cultures brings together the work of fifteen reproductive anthropologists to address core cultural values and knowledge systems as revealed in contemporary birth practices in Brazil, Greece, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Tanzania, and the United States. Six ethnographic…

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What is Big data?

Find the full study Subscription only. To request a copy, contact us here Citation Peters, L. and M. Cheyney. (2018) What is Big data? Vereniging voor epidemiologie. Pp. 6-7.

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