What's New in 2013 for the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2013
© 2013 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 58, Issue 1, pages 1–2, January/February 2013
How to Cite
Likis, F. E. (2013), What's New in 2013 for the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 58: 1–2. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12012
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2013
Welcome to the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health (JMWH) in 2013! This issue begins with a landmark study showing that midwifery-led birth centers continue to provide safe care with low use of interventions, which is particularly compelling as overall use of interventions in US maternity care remains on the rise.1 Other articles in this issue address such interesting topics as the opportunities for midwives to use mHealth2; college students’ experiences with sexual encounters without a relationship or emotional intimacy3; and a novel therapy for postpartum depression.4 In addition, there are 3 publications related to diabetes: a study of midwives’ postpartum care of women who had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM),5 a clinician's guide to screening for prediabetes and diabetes,6 and a patient education handout on what women with GDM need to know after they give birth.7
Our first issue of 2013 sets a high standard that readers can expect throughout the coming year. This New Year brings changes to JMWH that were instigated by the results of the reader survey we conducted last spring. It was gratifying to see that overall opinions of the Journal are very favorable. We appreciate your feedback and have used it to make changes for 2013 that include adding content, introducing brief summaries for articles, and offering a discount on continuing education for members of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
When readers were asked about their satisfaction with the publication frequency of specific content, 2 of the columns readers wanted to see more of were Resources for Clinicians and Current Resources for Evidence-based Practice. The Resources for Clinicians column presents assessment tools, Web or text resources, or evidence-based protocols that address a specific clinical or education topic. This month's article on screening for prediabetes and diabetes6 is an excellent example of the type of submission that is appropriate for this column. The Resources for Clinicians column has not been available in every issue due to a lack of submissions. We are actively soliciting Resources for Clinicians manuscripts so please contact email@example.com if you are interested in writing a submission for this column. The Current Resources for Evidence-based Practice column presents recent systematic and evidence-based reviews and has been co-published in JMWH and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing 4 times per year since its inception. I am pleased to announce that the column is being increased this year and will now be published in every issue of the Journal.
Numerous respondents to the reader survey requested that more of the Share with Women patient education handouts be made available in Spanish. Members of the ACNM Midwives of Color Committee have generously agreed to help with translating these handouts. This issue has the Spanish translation of the Induction of Labor handout, which means there are now a dozen Share with Women handouts available in Spanish with more to be published throughout the year. All of the Share with Women handouts are available at http://www.sharewithwomen.org, and they can be downloaded, copied, and distributed without permission.
Among the reader survey respondents who expressed some dissatisfaction with the Journal, one of the most common themes was the relevance and applicability of the content. This was expressed in comments such as, “Sometimes I ask myself why did someone research this,”“I would like more focus on how to use the content,” and “Let's get down to the nitty gritty in the articles. What do I need to know?” In response to these comments, the Editorial Board decided to introduce a new feature called Quick Points, which will appear in a box on the second page of research and review articles and give readers a brief synopsis of the article's key points. These bulleted sentences will summarize the article's significance and applicability, specifying clinical implications.
Respondents to the reader survey also reported high satisfaction with the quality of the Journal's continuing education content. The Journal publishes 2 continuing education theme issues each year, one in May/June and another in November/December, as well as single articles with continuing education units (CEUs). Single continuing education articles have been infrequent in the last couple of years, but we plan to offer these more often going forward beginning with the article on irritable bowel syndrome in this issue.8 The Journal offers continuing education online via our newly redesigned Web site, http://www.jmwhce.org, where you can receive your continuing education certificate immediately after taking the test, completing the evaluation, and paying processing fees. The cost of JMWH CEUs was frequently mentioned on the reader survey. Beginning with this issue, ACNM members will receive a 33% discount on CEUs for the theme issues and a 20% discount on CEUs for single articles.
At our last meeting, the Editorial Board approved the following new aims and scope for JMWH:
The Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health (JMWH) is the official journal of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. This peer-reviewed journal presents new research and current knowledge across a broad range of clinical and interdisciplinary topics including maternity care, gynecology, primary care for women and newborns, public health, health care policy, and global health. With a focus on evidence-based practice, JMWH is dedicated to improving the health care of women throughout their lifespan and promoting excellence in midwifery.
With this mission in mind, we look forward to continuing to improve the Journal this year. Please let me know how we are doing.
- 1Outcomes of care in birth centers: Demonstration of a durable model. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):3–14., , .
- 2mHealth for midwives: A call to action. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):76–82., .
- 3Do hookups hurt? Exploring college studentsa' experiences and perceptions. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):41–48..
- 4A multiple-baseline study of the effects associated with metacognitive therapy in postpartum depression. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):69–75., , .
- 5Gestational diabetes mellitus and postpartum care practices of nurse-midwives. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):33–40., , , , , , et al.
- 6Screening for prediabetes and diabetes in non-pregnant adults. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):98–102., .
- 7Gestational diabetes: What happens after my baby is born? J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):119–120.
- 8Irritable bowel syndrome in women. J Midwifery Womens Health . 2013;58(1):15–24..