Monday, September 21, 2015

New Research on Planned Home VBAC in the US- Two Part Interview with Author Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM

The MANA Blog and the Science and Sensibility Blog  have a two part post on important new  VBAC research.  It provides a much-needed analysis of VBACs in the home setting in the United States; an analysis that has been unavailable up to this point. 

"Planned Home VBAC in the United States, 2004–2009: Outcomes, Maternity Care Practices, and Implications for Shared Decision Making" by Kim J. Cox PhD, CNM Assistant Professor, Marit L. Bovbjerg PhD Research Associate & Instructor of Epidemiology, Melissa Cheyney PhD, CPM, LDM Associate Professor, and Lawrence M. Leeman MD, MPH Professor came out on 8/26/15 as an online article ahead of the print issue in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care.

Jeanette McCulloch of BirthSwell interviewed Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, one of the paper’s authors. The first part of the interview is available in a guest blog at Science and Sensibility. In that post, Melissa shares the findings and her recommendations for parents and policy makers. In the MANA Blog Missy shares advice specific to midwives, based on the study’s findings. 

Both blog posts are full of important considerations and details that are helpful to fully understanding the new findings presented in this new research. I particularly appreciate the emphasis placed on informed consent and informed decision making in relation to the data.