March/April Evidence Column is Available
Childbirth Connection's quarterly "Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice" is published simultaneously in Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing and Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.
Tutorial/commentary: the "disciplined subjectivity" of meta-analysis
Featured reviews: maternal obesity and pregnancy risk, effect of admission cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation on maternal and newborn outcomes, management of minor cervical cytological abnormalities
Also identifies several dozen other new or recently updated systematic reviews in maternal, newborn and women’s health.
Download JOGNN March/April (free PDF)
Download JMWH March/April (free PDF)
Click to access all Evidence Columns from 2003 through 2008
National Quality Forum Identifying Perinatal Performance Measures
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is identifying a set of national standardized NQF-endorsed Perinatal Care performance measures for facilities and health professionals, as well as gaps in available measures. Performance measurement will be used to help choose, purchase and improve maternity care. Childbirth Connection's Executive Director Maureen Corry co-chairs the Steering Committee that is guiding this work.
Learn more about NQF Perinatal Care project
Commentary about Six Aims for Improvement in Maternity Care
The Institute of Medicine's landmark Crossing the Quality Chasm report identified 6 widely adopted aims for improvement for the nation: health care should be safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. A new commentary uses results from Childbirth Connection's national Listening to Mothers II survey to illustrate challenges of achieving these aims in maternity care, and points to work under way to address the challenges. Written by senior staff Carol Sakala and Maureen Corry, the commentary is available to those with access to print or online versions of the March/April 2008 issue of Women's Health Issues.
Go to Women's Health Issues website
Among Top 20 Most Accessed Cochrane Reviews in 2007
The Cochrane systematic review "Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth" was one of the top 20 most accessed reviews in 2007 - out of several thousand available! Congratulations to Carol Sakala, our director of programs, who is a co-author. The full review is freely available at our website.
Go to Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth
How You Can Use Your Childbirth Connection Account:
We have created a way for you to keep track of all of your most referred to pages at ChildbirthConnection.org. You can save "bookmarks" for these pages in your account, accessible to you each time you log in. You can easily email these to women you care for and colleagues or return again to the selected pages yourself.
Just go to the top right of the screen, login, and click the "My Connection" link. You will see a link for "My Bookmarks," where your bookmarked pages are stored. To bookmark a page, use the link at the end of each article.
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Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Resources for Women
||For your reference, we have compiled a summary of our online material for childbearing women. It goes into a level of detail that is generally not possible during prenatal visits and childbirth education classes. It includes guidance for VBAC vs c-section, preventing pelvic floor dysfunction, forms of labor support, and much more. The For Women area of our website offers a trustworthy alternative to the incomplete and inaccurate information that women may receive from books and websites and their friends and relatives.|
Go to Pregnancy Resources for Women
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Listening to MothersSM III
is the third national
survey exploring women’s experiences in pregnancy and childbirth.
Commissioned by Childbirth Connection, conducted by Harris Interactive, and
funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the survey polled 2,400 women who gave
birth in U.S. hospitals from 2011 to 2012. Results show that medically
intensive experiences are typical, and evidence-based practices are
underutilized. Childbearing women need better support and knowledge to
navigate their maternity care.
Access the full report and supplementary materials New Report: Maternity Care and
report and supporting materials New Report: The Cost of Having a Baby in the United
StatesGo to report
and supporting materials New Cesarean Resources:Go to Best Evidence Report Go to web pages and booklet for women
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