Category: Eugene Declercq

Having A Baby? Big Differences In Hospital Quality Across Massachusetts

July 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

If you’re one of the roughly 70,000 women who will give birth in Massachusetts this year, you may be planning to deliver at a hospital close to home or where your OB practices…

Expert quote:

“Use the published data as a starting point to ask questions about the nature of care that’s provided at different hospitals and by different providers. If a hospital is a major outlier, then it is fair to ask them why that’s the case and what that would mean for your care.”

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Does ‘subfertility’ account for some in vitro risk?

March 20th, 2015 in 2015, Eugene Declercq, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

The growth of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has raised concerns about a range of issues, including an excess of preterm births, low birth weight, and newborn deaths…

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What To Expect When You’re Birthing At Home: A Hospital C-Section (Possibly)

March 20th, 2015 in 2015, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

The term “homebirth cesarean” didn’t exist before 2011, when Oregon mother and student midwife Courtney Jarecki coined it. But now, a Google search returns almost 2,000 entries on the topic…

Expert quote:

“The studies that have been done usually report about a 12% intrapartum transfer rate.”

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Culture Clash: U.K. Embrases Homebirth As Best For Some Women

December 13th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

Sarah Parente, an Austin, Texas-based doula and mother of four, gave birth to her first child in the hospital with no complications…

Expert quote:

“That way, women who need to be referred, can be referred. And if they need to be referred during labor, it’s not a big drama to go to the hospital. In the States, that is not the case. Going to the hospital can be much more complicated.”

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More US Women Birthing the Old-fashioned Way

October 31st, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Voice of America 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

A small but growing number of women in the United States are choosing to give birth using the services of a certified nurse-midwife rather than an obstetrician…

Expert quote:

“The evidence suggests that an integrated system where midwives do what’s often called primary care – first line care – for mothers is every bit as safe as a system based entirely on having high-risk specialists do all the births.”

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Natural Childbirth Is Not a Cult

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

When Lifetime announced their new reality show, Born in the Wild—documenting the birth stories of mothers who choose go it alone without any assistance from the medical profession, and oh yeah, in the great outdoors—the reactions weren’t mixed…

Expert quote:

“They are not self-absorbed women. If you talk to them, they are serious people who have legitimate concerns about a prior hospital experience. They aren’t doing this out of their own needs, but out of a desire to protect their babies’ health.”

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More mothers are choosing ‘home’ when deciding where they want to give birth

May 6th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, PRI Public Radio International, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a small but growing number of American women are giving birth outside of hospitals…

Expert quote:

“In the mid-2000’s, there was a bit of a surge in childbirth activism. Women are asking questions about the way birth is conducted in the hospital, and a small proportion of them have started to say that they’d rather give birth outside the hospital.”

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The Home-Birth Rebellion

February 7th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, The Daily Beast 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

There’s a war being fought over women’s reproductive rights, and this time it’s not about abortion. Doctors, midwives, and women’s health advocates are sparring—in academic papers, on blogs, through the media and even on Twitter—over just where pregnant women should actually have their babies…

Expert quote:

“The irony of Chervenak and colleagues who are leading the anti-home birth crusade is that by polarizing the issue, no one can have a reasonable discussion to try and figure how to do this best. It’s either research that says it’s good or research that says it’s bad. And too few people ask, ‘How can we make it better?’”

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Moms Speak Out: On Improving Childbirth In Boston-Area Hospitals

January 8th, 2014 in 2014, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBUR 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

When we opened up the “lines” for an online chat about quality and childbirth, moms dove in with comments and questions about induction, malpractice and worse results for black women as compared to whites…

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The high cost of giving birth in the U.S.

July 1st, 2013 in 2013, Eugene Declercq, Newsmakers, Salon.com, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Eugene Declercq, School of Public Health

Giving birth in the United States is far more expensive than in other countries, and the additional cost does not appear to come with additional benefits — Americans do not have more access to care or better access to care than citizens in other developed nations, according to an analysis from the New York Times…

Expert quote:

“It’s amazing how much patients buy into our tendency to do a lot of tests. We’ve met the problem, and it’s us.”

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