Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care is an interdisciplinary obstetrics & gynecology journal. The journal disseminates original, peer-reviewed experimental research and review papers on clinical practice in the fields of perinatal medicine, perinatal nursing, maternal/newborn public health, and the social sciences.

Vacancy: Social Media Editor

Birth is looking to appoint a Social Media Editor and inviting applications from interested candidates. The Social Media Editor (SME) has a key role to play in managing the journal’s social media accounts and in working with Wiley and the Editorial Team in planning and delivering strategies for social media activity.

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Covid-19 Virtual Issue

This virtual issue is an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned and what we still need to know about the social, clinical, economic, and psychological impacts of COVID-19 on birthing families worldwide.

Three years past the initial global response to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, we also want to take this moment to remember the over 7 million people who have died during the pandemic, as well as those who are managing the effects of long COVID.

Birth recognizes and thanks the researchers who continue to study and report on aspects of the pandemic in the hopes of using evidence to improve the quality of perinatal care offered to birthing families globally.

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International Day of the Midwife (IDM)

On May 5th each year, we celebrate International Day of the Midwife (IDM). This virtual issue released for IDM honors the incredible care midwives around the world have provided during the global SARS-CoV-2 crisis. For more than a year, midwives, physicians, nurses, community health workers, doulas and student midwives have worked under extraordinary circumstances, risking their lives to provide respectful and compassionate care to birthing families during uncertain times.

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Call for Papers

We are now inviting submission of papers that focus on:

Critical Midwifery Studies: Confronting systemic injustice in sexual, reproductive, maternal, and newborn care

Deadline for submissions: 1 January, 2024

Read more here.


 

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Digital health's influence on the association between birth preference and vaginal birth

  •  28 May 2024

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Preferred mode of birth at enrollment was predictive of actual mode of birth; however, high use of digital health moderated this association, whereby highly engaged users who preferred a cesarean at enrollment were more likely to deliver vaginally, compared to lower engaged users who preferred a cesarean.

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An exploratory review on the empirical evaluation of the quality of reporting and analyzing labor duration

  •  28 May 2024

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We considered 92 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and 126 observational studies for our exploratory review on the quality of reporting and analyzing labour duration. Mean was the preferred summary measure, followed by the median, which more appropriately summarizes inherently skewed data. Only a handful of studies reported both mean and median. Most studies did not specify the statistical analysis. However, when specified, linear regression and interval-censoring regression were most commonly applied for statistical analysis, followed by Cox regression and binary logistic regression. Our study revealed a general disagreement regarding the appropriate reporting and statistical analysis of labour duration.

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Parent-identified gaps in preparation for the postpartum period in the United States: An integrative review

  •  27 May 2024

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The aim of this integrative review is to synthesize the existing research on parent-identified gaps in preparation for the postpartum period in the United States. Many parents report feeling unprepared to navigate a wide variety of postpartum experiences.

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Experiences of birthing people during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis of comments from the 2020 Wisconsin Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

  •  27 May 2024

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Through content analysis and descriptive statistics, this study described pandemic-related experiences in a representative sample of birthing people in Wisconsin. Findings point to opportunities to inform future emergency preparedness planning.

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Physiological plateaus during normal labor and birth: A novel definition

  •  27 May 2024

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Physiological plateaus appear to be common in labor, but remain insufficiently recognized in contemporary birth culture. Such plateaus are at risk of being misinterpreted as labour dystocia, leading to unjustified labour augmentation and caesarean sections. A new definition of plateaus seeks to provide clarity on this phenomenon, and promote further research.

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Induction of labor and cesarean birth in lower‐risk nulliparous women at term: A retrospective cohort study

  • Birth
  •  3 January 2024

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In contrast to the previous literature, we found that cesarean section (CS) was more common following the induction of labor than expectant management of low-risk women having their first baby in Victoria, Australia, at 38, 39, 40, and 41 weeks’ gestation (final primary analysis).

We also conducted a secondary analysis of the same population replicating the methods used in a previous study that had less comprehensive data available, and included first as well as subsequent births. The same methods used in our population (preliminary analysis) found a reduction in CS following induction at 37 and 38 weeks, no difference at 39 weeks and increased CS at 40 and 41 weeks.

We contend that the primary analysis provides more accurate results..

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