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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How You Can Use Your Childbirth Connection Account:
"My Connection"
My ConnectionWe have created a way for you to keep track of all of your most referred to pages at 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

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.

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Childbirth Connection

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Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. Our mission is to improve the quality of maternity care through research, education, advocacy and policy. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
Most recent page update: 12/8/2008