Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health


97 Evidence-Based Maternity Care: Change We Need

Frances E. Likis


98 Does Spontaneous Genital Tract Trauma Impact Postpartum Sexual Function?

A comparison of sexual function at 3 months postpartum among women who experienced major and minor genital tract trauma at childbirth. Rebecca G. Rogers, Noelle Borders, Lawrence M. Leeman, Leah L. Albers

104 Transfers Among Women Intending A Birth Center Delivery in the San Diego Birth Center Study

Nulliparity, cesarean history, and having a previous hospital delivery were among the strongest predictors of birth center transfer in the San Diego Birth Center Study.

Uyen-Sa D.T. Nguyen, Kenneth J. Rothman, Serkalem Demissie, Debra J. Jackson, Janet M. Lang, Jeffrey L. Ecker

111 A Descriptive Study of “Being with Woman” During Labor and Birth

Women cared for by nurse-midwives during childbirth experience a high level of “being with woman.”

Lauren P. Hunter

119 Staying Home to Give Birth: Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth

Safety and avoidance of unnecessary medical interventions common in hospital births are women's most common reasons for choosing home birth.

Debora Boucher, Catherine Bennett, Barbara McFarlin, Rixa Freeze

127 Applicants to A Nurse-Midwifery Education Program Disclose Factors that Influence Their Career Choice

Themes from application essays to a nurse-midwifery education program can assist the profession with recruitment.

Suzan Ulrich

133 Randomized Double Masked Trial of Zhi Byed 11, a Tibetan Traditional Medicine, Versus Misoprostol to Prevent Postpartum Hemorrhage in Lhasa, Tibet

In a randomized clinical trial of a traditional Tibetan medicine versus misoprostol, the frequency of postpartum hemorrhage was lower with misoprostol.

Suellen Miller, Carrie Tudor, Vanessa Thorsten, Nyima, Kalyang, Sonam, Lhakpen, Droyoung, Karma Quzong, Tsering Dekyi, Ty Hartwell, Linda L. Wright, Michael W. Varner

142 Implanon: A Review of the Literature With Recommendations for Clinical Management

An overview of the implantable, progestin-only contraceptive Implanon.

Kate Adams, Margaret W. Beal


Clinical Rounds

150 Breast Abscess in Lactation

Jennifer G. Martin

Personal Reflections

152 The Honoring of the Hands

Eunice K. M. Ernst

Share With Women

153 Women of Size and Pregnancy

Evidence-Based Practice

155 Current Resources for Evidence-Based Practice, March/April 2009

R. Rima Jolivet

Journal Reviews

158 Women With Symptoms of Depression Have an Increased Risk of Preterm Birth

Sharon Bond

159 Identifying Babies in Trouble Based on Fetal Heart Rate Tracings Still a Conundrum

Sharon Bond

160 Other Studies of Interest to Midwives Sharon Bond

162 Letters to the Editor

165 JMWH Peer Reviewers 2008


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e21 Social Implications of Obstetric Fistula: An Integrative Review

This integrative review of obstetric fistula, a devastating complication of obstructed labor that affects more than two million women in developing countries, analyzes the current state of the science on social implications of obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa.

Karen M. Roush

Media Reviews

e35 It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth

Patricia Jean Harman

e37 Clinics in Human Lactation: Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Depression in New Mothers

Deborah Brandt Karsnitz

e39 The Stages of Labor 2nd Edition

Donna Harvel Balo

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