Sunday, August 1, 2021

Improving Inequities in Prenatal Screening: Time to Modernize Guidelines

Professional guidelines can have a profound impact on reproductive health. In many cases, prenatal genetic screening is often only recommended for specific groups or individuals who have been historically recognized as high...

Disparities in Maternal Morality in the U.S.

700 women die annually in the United States due to conditions caused by or related to pregnancy.  For another 500,000 women, severe morbidities or ‘near misses’ complicate their pregnancies, deliveries, or first...

Anatomy of a Difficult Conversation: A Guide for Midwives During Challenging Moments

The Scenario The midwifery student sat at the computer in the clinic office, looking through her preceptor’s busy schedule and preparing for the day. She got there a little...

Respectful Care: It’s What Women Want, But Can We Ensure It during the COVID-19...

Respectful Maternity Care is a term that only came into recognized use in the last ten years and has truly gone global. It was preceded by the movement for the humanization of...

Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in the Dominican Republic

Why is Nurses’ Education Important? Compared to other countries in the Americas, the maternal and newborn mortality rates in the Dominican Republic (DR) are staggering. Approximately 2,830 babies and...

Anxiety Symptoms and Severity Among Perinatal Women Screened for Depression with the Edinburgh Postnatal...

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a well-known screening tool for clinical use in identifying perinatal depression symptoms and risk for perinatal depression. Did you know the EPDS also can be...

Stemming the Tide of Rising Congenital Syphilis in the United States: An Update and...

Aliza M. Machefsky MD1,2 1: Division of STD Prevention; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Atlanta, GA, USA 2: CDC Foundation; Atlanta, GA, USA

Limitations on Birth Support People During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Presentation by the ACNM...

Probably every midwife still in clinical practice has a COVID-19 horror story to tell. These past two years, we have seen our organization’s listservs light up with requests for help and guidance...

Creating and Sustaining Midwifery Data Collection for Quality Improvement and Research

OB resident passing comment: “The midwives have a high rate of third- and fourth-degree lacerations”Another OB resident: “I can’t believe your c/s rate is only 13%, I thought it was much higher...

Maternal Mortality Update: A Closer Examination of Racial Disparities and Possible Solutions

I recently attended the fifth annual (and first virtual) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) MMRIA User Meeting, which brought together individuals from each state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). The meeting provides...