General and Cross-cultural Health Care

The Creation of a Consensus Statement by the ACNM, MAMA, and the NACPM: A Modified-Delphi Study on Normal Physiologic Birth

Abstract INTRODUCTION This article describes the process of developing consensus on a definition of, and best practices for, normal physiologic birth in the United States. Evidence supports the use of physiologic birth practices, yet a working definition of this term has been elusive. METHODS We began by convening a task…

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Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital: Improving Inter-professional Collaboration

Abstract Women’s heightened interest in choice of birthplace and increased rates of planned home birth in the United States have been well documented, yet there remains significant public and professional debate about the ethics of planned home birth in jurisdictions where care is not clearly integrated across birth settings. Simultaneously,…

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In Reply

A letter to the Editor of Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health Find the full study Subscription only. To request a copy, contact us here Citation Cheyney, M. (2014). In Reply. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. May Jun;59(3):366-7. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12210.

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Navigating Social and Institutional Obstacles: Women’s Experiences Seeking Abortion Care in Western Oregon

Abstract Nearly half of all women in the United States will have at least one abortion during their lifetime, and many will encounter economic, logistical, and/or social obstacles while attempting to undergo the procedure. The purpose of this project was to examine the abortion-seeking experiences of a volunteer sample of…

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Homebirth Transfers in the United States: Narratives of Risk, Fear and Mutual Accommodation

Abstract The purpose of this study was to explore the contested space of home-to-hospital transfers that occur during labor or in the immediate postpartum period, as a means of identifying the mechanisms that maintain philosophical and practice divides between homebirth midwives and hospital-based clinicians in the United States. Using data…

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Supporting Healthy and Normal Physiologic Childbirth: A Consensus Statement by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Midwives Alliance of North America, and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives

Introduction In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth, yet currently there are few resources to assist maternity care providers in achieving this goal. The purpose of this consensus statement is to explicitly identify key benchmarks of safe, healthy, and normal physiologic childbirth.…

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Characteristics Related to Effective Contraceptive Use Among a Sample of Nonurban Latinos

Abstract A better understanding of effective contraceptive use among Latinos is needed to reduce their high rate of unintended pregnancy. Most research has focused on urban Latinas and has overlooked the relationship context of effective contraceptive use. Interviews were conducted among a sample of 450 Latino women and men aged…

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Food is more than nutrition. Nutritional counseling and the language of prenatal diet in midwifery and obstetric practice

Find the full study Subscription only. To request a copy, contact us here Citation Moreno-Black, G. and M. Cheyney (2010).  Food is More than Nutrition: Nutritional Counseling and the Language of Prenatal Diet in Midwifery and Obstetric Practice. Appetite 56(2): 538.

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Nutritional Counseling in Midwifery and Obstetric Practice

Abstract It is generally acknowledged that pregnant women require healthy diets. However, the cultural idea of “eating for two” and what constitutes an “appropriate” diet during pregnancy have been contested grounds of research as guidelines have changed over the decades. Using a grounded theory approach, we examine how research on…

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Exercise during pregnancy and cesarean delivery: North Carolina PRAMS, 2004-2005.

Abstract BACKGROUND: The current rate of cesarean delivery in the United States is 31 percent. Previous studies have suggested that exercise during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of cesarean delivery, but sample sizes were small and methods often inadequate. This study examined whether or not an association…

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