November 14-17, 2013. Scholarships available for qualified applicants.
October 25-27, 2013. Scholarships available for qualified low-income Michigan residents. Priority will be given to applicants from the Detroit and Southfield areas.
Childbirth Connection released the results from a survey of 2,400 new mothers, Listening To Mothers III, the third in a series of studies that examines U.S. women’s maternity experiences from before birth through the postpartum period. Among many other findings, the survey reveals the overuse of risky procedures and the fact that many women feel pressured to undergo them. The survey report, full questionnaire and data briefs are available here.
A recent study from the University of Minnesota compared childbirth-related outcomes for Medicaid recipients who received prenatal education and childbirth support from trained doulas with outcomes from a national sample of similar women and then estimated the potential cost savings. The cesarean rate was 22.3% among doula-supported births and 31.5% among Medicaid beneficiaries nationally. The corresponding preterm birth rates were 6.1% and 7.3%, respectively. After control for clinical and sociodemographic factors, the odds of cesarean delivery were 40.9% lower for doula-supported births. The potential cost savings to Medicaid programs associated with such cesarean rate reductions are substantial. The study’s authors concluded that state Medicaid programs should consider offering coverage for birth doulas to realize potential cost savings associated with reduced cesarean rates.
Doula Care, Birth Outcomes, and Costs Among Medicaid Beneficiaries
American Journal of Public Health, 2013-04-01
Study finds benefit in delaying severing of the umbilical cord. In most hospital delivery rooms, doctors routinely clamp and sever the umbilical cord less than a minute after an infant’s birth, a practice thought to reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhaging. But a new analysis has found that delaying clamping for at least a minute after birth, which allows more time for blood to move from the placenta, significantly improves iron stores and hemoglobin levels in newborns and does not increase the risks to mothers. The timing of the procedure has been controversial for years, and the new analysis adds to a substantial body of evidence suggesting that clamping often occurs too quickly after delivery. Read more.
March of Dimes has provided a $25,000 Community Grant to support 2013 birth doula training scholarships and risk-reduction education for doulas in Michigan.