Lisa L. Paine, cnm, ms, mph, a nurse-midwife at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and an Assistant, Department of GYN/OB, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is the Chair of the Research and Statistics Committee and a member of the Governing Board, Division of Accreditation of the ACNM. She received her nurse-midwifery education at the University of Utah in 1982 and is currently a Dr.P.H. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland.
BIRTH REGISTRATION: NURSE-MIDWIFERY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1988 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 107–114, May-June 1988
How to Cite
Paine, L. L., Greener, D. L. and Strobino, D. M. (1988), BIRTH REGISTRATION: NURSE-MIDWIFERY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 33: 107–114. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(88)90106-1
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
The birth certificate is not only an official, legal document, but also provides critical health planning and research data. This article provides an overview of birth registration in the United States, discusses the functions of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), delineates the role of the CNM in birth certification, presents information regarding the 1989 Revised Standard Birth Certificate, and examines the quality and uses of birth certificate data. The implications of this information about vital statistics for nurse-midwifery practice, research and education are discussed and specific suggestions are made for improving the accuracy of birth registration data provided by CNMs.