Midwifery Research

What is evidenced-based research?

Certified Professional Midwives provide care that is based in the tenets of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). EBP is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Clinical expertise refers to the clinician’s cumulated experience, education and clinical skills. The patient brings to the encounter his or her own personal and unique concerns, expectations, and values. The best evidence is usually found in clinically relevant research that has been conducted using sound methodology. (Sackett D, 2002)

Midwives must avail themselves of the best research evidence related to their practice standards and decision making information for their clients as they support women through the childbearing process. A comprehensive resource for evidence-based research in maternity care can be found at Childbirth Connection.

Evidence-based research citations related to midwifery care and out of hospital birth:

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