General Midwifery Information
Problems with US Maternity Care
The Wax Study:
The Wax Study is widely cited by those opposed to homebirth because it claims that the risk of neonatal death is three times higher at home than in the hospital. However, the study’s methodology is so bad that it is considered invalid and was refuted by Nature Magazine. The question remains; why is ACOG citing bad science so frequently?
To get published in Nature is a very big deal for a scientist. It is one of the most prestigious journals out there and has a very high impact factor (a score rating the importance of the journal). So there are two things of importance. First, that Nature chose to publish an article on the subject at all highlights the importance of the subject. Second, because of the prestige of the journal and their lengthy and extensive peer-review process, you can be assured that their results (I.e. refuting the Wax report) are the absolute best science on a subject done by the best people. -Clair Sullivan, homebirth mom and Assistant Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois
The Division of Midwifery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Midwives Alliance of North America, published an Annotated Guide to Home Birth Research. This bibliography, which will be updated periodically, provides citations and critical appraisal of original studies on home birth and ranks the studies in terms of their quality.
Supportive and Allied Organizations
Big Push for Midwives
A consumer activist organization pushing for CPM licensure in every state.
The source of the annual Rally for Improving Birth, they’re working to get families together to fight for change in the maternity care system.
North American Registry of Midwives
Oversees the CPM credential.