Eugene Declercq

Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Gene Declercq combines formal training in political science with almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice related to childbirth in the US and abroad. His recent work in examining maternal mortality and morbidity in the US has emphasized the importance of systems approaches to improving women’s health. This requires a focus on women’s health in the community as well as in clinical settings and not only during pregnancy, but throughout the lifecourse. He is part of the collaborative team that has completed three national studies and a 2018 statewide study of women's experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He was a technical adviser to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and a producer and presenter of "Birth by the Numbers," a 20 minute video that examines outcomes associated with current US birth practices. With student collaborators, he developed and maintains the companion website, which provides up-to-date data on trends in childbirth practices and outcomes. He was principal investigator on two NIH funded collaborative projects examining child and maternal outcomes associated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART project) and is one of the founders of the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) data system that has linked vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on more than 1,200,000 births in Massachusetts since 1998. He has also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. As an educator, he is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and has been a recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for outstanding teaching at BUSPH. He is also a recipient of the Martha May Eliot Award from the American Public Health Association for service to maternal and child health and the Greg Alexander Award for research in maternal and child health epidemiology.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - Boston University School of Medicine


  • Florida State University, PhD Field of Study: Political Science
  • Florida State University, MS Field of Study: Political Science
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MBA Field of Study: Business Administration
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, BS Field of Study: Business Administration

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC759
  • SPHMC763
  • SPHPH851
  • SPHPH866


  • Published on 5/1/2021

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E. The Continuing Challenge of Measuring Maternal Mortality. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 05 01; 137(5):761-762. PMID: 33831926.

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  • Published on 2/3/2021

    Edmonds JK, Declercq E, Sakala C. Women's childbirth experiences: A content analysis from the Listening to Mothers in California survey. Birth. 2021 Jun; 48(2):221-229. PMID: 33538003.

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  • Published on 12/2/2020

    Adashi EY, Venkatesh KK, Gruppuso PA, Declercq ER. Reducing Maternal Mortality: The Measurement Imperative. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):198-200. PMID: 33279385.

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  • Published on 10/30/2020

    Kennedy HP, Balaam MC, Dahlen H, Declercq E, de Jonge A, Downe S, Ellwood D, Homer CSE, Sandall J, Vedam S, Wolfe I. The role of midwifery and other international insights for maternity care in the United States: An analysis of four countries. Birth. 2020 12; 47(4):332-345. PMID: 33124095.

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  • Published on 10/28/2020

    MacDorman MF, Thoma M, Declercq E. Improving US maternal mortality reporting by analyzing literal text on death certificates, United States, 2016-2017. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0240701. PMID: 33112910.

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  • Published on 8/14/2020

    Sakala C, Belanoff C, Declercq ER. Factors Associated with Unplanned Primary Cesarean Birth: Secondary Analysis of the Listening to Mothers in California Survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Aug 14; 20(1):462. PMID: 32795305.

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  • Published on 8/12/2020

    Declercq E, Belanoff C, Iverson R. Maternal perceptions of the experience of attempted labor induction and medically elective inductions: analysis of survey results from listening to mothers in California. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Aug 12; 20(1):458. PMID: 32787802.

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  • Published on 7/27/2020

    Declercq E, Sakala C, Belanoff C. Women's experience of agency and respect in maternity care by type of insurance in California. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0235262. PMID: 32716927.

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  • Published on 5/22/2020

    Seijmonsbergen-Schermers AE, van den Akker T, Rydahl E, Beeckman K, Bogaerts A, Binfa L, Frith L, Gross MM, Misselwitz B, Hálfdánsdóttir B, Daly D, Corcoran P, Calleja-Agius J, Calleja N, Gatt M, Vika Nilsen AB, Declercq E, Gissler M, Heino A, Lindgren H, de Jonge A. Variations in use of childbirth interventions in 13 high-income countries: A multinational cross-sectional study. PLoS Med. 2020 05; 17(5):e1003103. PMID: 32442207.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Cheng ER, Carroll AE, Iverson RE, Declercq ER. Communications Between Pregnant Women and Maternity Care Clinicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 05 01; 3(5):e206636. PMID: 32459352.

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