Scientific Literature

A commentary about the Wax et al meta-analysis ~ originally posted September 2011

by faithgibson January 18, 2016

Topics include: Wax et al meta-analysis ~ an extremely controversial study published by the obstetrical profession that claims to have immutably established the danger of midwife-attended PHB using a cohort of more than a half-million midwifery-managed births     American Joint Commission on hospital accreditation’s new ‘perinatal core measures’, is critical of the unnecessarily medicalized system of […]

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Significant increase in NICU admission for babies in drug withdrawal due to childbirth-related narcotics given its mom

by faithgibson May 30, 2015

N Engl J Med 2015; 372:2118-2126May 28, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1500439 Increasing Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in U.S. Neonatal ICUs Veeral N. Tolia, M.D., Stephen W. Patrick, M.D., M.P.H., Monica M. Bennett, Ph.D., Karna Murthy, M.D., John Sousa, B.S., P. Brian Smith, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., Reese H. Clark, M.D., and Alan R. Spitzer, M.D. BACKGROUND The […]

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The Problem with Using Place of Birth as Proxy for Style of Intrarpartum Management

by faithgibson June 6, 2010

2010 MANY MEDICAL AND MIDWIFERY PROFESSIONALS, as well as birth activists and consumers, confuse birth setting (hosp. vs. OOH) with intrapartum management style or may use these terms interchangeably, sometimes to mean an actual physical location, and other times to refer to a management style. In this paradigm, ‘home’ has become a frequent proxy for […]

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