MANA DOR Update Summer 2019 
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Issue #102 September 4, 2019

How Reliable is the Apgar Score?

New article reports on limited usefulness of Apgar score in research

A new article, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, examined data on Apgar scores using both the MANA Stats dataset and a large, hospital birth dataset from California. Results showed that the Apgar score is not an effective proxy for eventual infant well-being in research settings.

The article, authored by DOR members Marit Bovbjerg, Melissa Cheyney, and Jennifer Brown, focused specifically on implications for research, rather than clinical implications for care. (It does, however, highlight what many birth practitioners already know: immediately after birth, health care providers respond to the unique set of needs for each infant and those decisions are not based on the assessment of the Apgar score.) Continue reading.

Evidence-Informed Practice

NARM and the Midwives Alliance of North America Division of Research (MANA DOR) have partnered with GOLD Learning to present a webinar on Evidence-Informed Practice! Courtney Everson PhD will present this three-part workshop introducing midwives to the evidence-informed practice (EIP) framework: what it is, why it's important, and how to make it work for you!

By examining evidence-informed practice at practice, community, and professional levels, midwives will be equipped with the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to integrate evidence-informed practice into midwifery care, leveraging shared decision-making, and optimizing care for childbearing families... continue reading.

Navigating Relative Risk at Home and in Birth Centers

#MANA19 Half Day Featured Plenary with Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM

The purpose of the study was to explore the relative and absolute risks associated with a variety of maternal/fetal characteristics that may render a pregnancy at increased risk for adverse perinatal outcomes within the context of planned, physiologic birth in the community setting. Looking globally at systems that have integrated maternity care, what we see is that the definition of “low-risk” varies markedly between systems. There is really no consensus on what constitutes a low-risk client... continue reading.

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Oct 10: Hotel Group Rate Ends  

Oct 31-Nov 3: #MANA19 - SUSTAIN, Austin, TX
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