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
  • SPHPH874


  • Published on 6/30/2022

    DeSisto CL, Goodman DA, Brantley MD, Menard MK, Declercq E. Examining the Ratio of Obstetric Beds to Births, 2000-2019. J Community Health. 2022 Oct; 47(5):828-834. PMID: 35771384.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Thoma ME, Declercq ER. All-Cause Maternal Mortality in the US Before vs During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2219133. PMID: 35763300.

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  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Goodman DA, Beauregard JL, Trost SL, Declercq E. Homicide During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period in the United States, 2018-2019. Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Apr 01; 139(4):692. PMID: 35594124.

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  • Published on 3/30/2022

    MacDorman MF, Thoma M, Declercq E, Howell EA. The relationship between obstetrical interventions and the increase in U.S. preterm births, 2014-2019. PLoS One. 2022; 17(3):e0265146. PMID: 35353843.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Feinberg E, Declercq E, Lee A, Belanoff C. The Relationship between Social Support and Postnatal Anxiety and Depression: Results from the Listening to Mothers in California Survey. Womens Health Issues. 2022 May-Jun; 32(3):251-260. PMID: 35246352.

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  • Published on 2/25/2022

    MacDorman MF, Barnard-Mayers R, Declercq E. United States community births increased by 20% from 2019 to 2020. Birth. 2022 Sep; 49(3):559-568. PMID: 35218065.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Declercq ER, Cabral HJ, Cui X, Liu CL, Amutah-Onukagha N, Larson E, Meadows A, Diop H. Using Longitudinally Linked Data to Measure Severe Maternal Morbidity. Obstet Gynecol. 2022 02 01; 139(2):165-171. PMID: 34991121.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Gordon SH, Alger CL, Declercq ER, Garrido MM. The Association Between Continuity Of Marketplace Coverage During Pregnancy And Receipt Of Prenatal Care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 10; 40(10):1618-1626. PMID: 34606350.

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  • Published on 8/30/2021

    Declercq E, Feinberg E, Belanoff C. Racial inequities in the course of treating perinatal mental health challenges: Results from listening to mothers in California. Birth. 2022 03; 49(1):132-140. PMID: 34459012.

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  • Published on 7/9/2021

    Roder-DeWan S, Baril N, Belanoff CM, Declercq ER, Langer A. Being Known: A Grounded Theory Study of the Meaning of Quality Maternity Care to People of Color in Boston. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2021 Jul; 66(4):452-458. PMID: 34240539.

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