Evidence and Ethics on: Circumcision

Male circumcision is defined as the partial or total surgical removal of the foreskin (also called prepuce), which is specialized tissue that covers the head (or glans) of the penis.

In this article, we explore the research evidence as well as the ethical debate around routine circumcisions performed on newborn males.

Evidence on: Induction for Gestational Diabetes

Some providers encourage people with gestational diabetes (GDM) to plan elective induction at early term since they are at increased risk of complications from high blood sugar. Is this an evidence-based recommendation? Find out in our new article all about induction for gestational diabetes!

Comparing the 2014 and 2016 ACOG and AAP Statements about Waterbirth

How has the 2016 ACOG/AAP statement on waterbirth changed since 2014? How has it not changed? We examine these statements side by side and look for key differences and similarities.

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes and the Glucola Test

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Most people in the U.S. drink “Glucola” as part of a routine screening test for GDM. This article will explain the evidence for diagnosing gestational diabetes, and discuss the potential risks linked to the condition, as well as the potential benefits from treatment.

Hello! My name is Rebecca Dekker, and I am a nurse with my PhD and the founder of Evidence Based Birth®. For decades, the vast majority of birth research evidence has been locked away in medical journals. I believe in putting the evidence back in the hands of the people who need it the most: birthing people and their and families.  Learn More >

 

So why the name of this blog?

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a family medicine physician who asked if I could join a group of midwives and doulas to talk to their residents (new doctors in training) about natural birth. The residents in their practice are getting more and more patients with birth plans...

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Signature Articles:

Our Signature Articles are the foundation of Evidence Based Birth. We spend a tremendous amount of time on the research, preparation, writing and presentation of each article, as well as course development surrounding these topics. They are peer reviewed by experts in the field. Signature Articles are updated regularly, with each edition covering a thorough dive into all new evidence. Our blog articles are released more frequently, and cover more specific aspects of a given topic. We use print, podcast and video to convey these up-to-date glimpses into hot topics, and may use our research in these areas to springboard into more in-depth examination in future Signature Articles. In all – we do our absolute best to bring you the latest evidence on every topic we cover.

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