International Journal of Childbirth

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International Journal of Childbirth

SKU# 21565287

Editors: Denis Walsh, PhD, RM; Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, NP, FACNM, FAAN

ISSN: 21565287

eISSN: 21565295

FREQUENCY: Quarterly


The International Journal of Childbirth is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with the practice, organization, funding and management of maternity care, midwifery, women's health, the nature of healthy and complicated pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum. The journal encourages the exploration of the complex and contextual issues surrounding the nature and provision of the maternity episode, and associated short and long-term outcomes for mother, baby, and family and invites manuscripts from a wide range of clinical, theoretical, political, methodological, psychological, public health, policy, and multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The international board of editors and contributing authors are seeking high quality, accessible, evidence-based articles that provide a forum for research, theoretical insights, and accounts of practice innovations and the organization of care from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The journal mission is to:

  • disseminate original research, theoretical insights, and accounts of the nature of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period, and of practice-based innovations and organization of care
  • provide a forum for exploration, debate, and critique in childbirth research, education, and practice; policy; and human rights
  • promote multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives in the examination of childbirth experience and knowledge
  • actively promote research, education, and practice activity in neglected areas such as normal birth, measurement of well-being as opposed to pathology, indigenous childbirth practices and culture, and the public health consequences of childbirth
  • disseminate original case studies of normal, though unusual, births with a significant reflective component

The journal is of interest to midwives, maternity care and neonatal nurses, maternity service users, obstetricians, neonatologists, paediatricians, physiologists, health sociologists, physiotherapists, health economists, biologists, and psychologists with an interest in maternal and infant research, maternity service policy makers and managers, doulas, traditional birth attendants, childbirth educators, and students of maternity care.

Editorial Board 


Denis Walsh, PhD, RM
Division of Midwifery
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Division of Academic Affairs
Northern Michigan University
United States


Soo Downe, RM, MSc, PhD
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
United Kingdom


Maria Helena Bastose, MD, MSc, PhD, United Kingdom
Marie Berg, PhD, MNSc, MPH, RN, RM, Sweden
Susan Bewley, MA, MD, FRCOG, United Kingdom
Terese Bondas, PhD, LicNsc, MNsc, RN, PHN, Norway
Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, United Kingdom
Ngai Fen Cheung, PhD, MSc, RM, RGN, China
Hannah Dahlen, RN, RM, BN(Hons), MCommN, PhD, FACM, Australia
Frances Day-Stirk, United Kingdom
Gene Declercq, PhD, United States
Ank de Jonge, PhD, Netherlands
Raymond De Vries, PhD, United States
Declan Devane, PhD, MSc, PgDip(Stats), DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT, Ireland
Marcos Dias, MD, PhD, Brazil
Grace Edwards, RN, RM, ADM, Cert Ed, M.Ed, PhD, United Arab Emirates
Judith T. Fullerton, PhD, CNM, FACNM, United States
Jenny Gamble, RM, MHlth, PhD, Australia
Atf Gherissi, CM, MSc, PhD, Tunisia
Vivette Glover, MA, PhD, DSc, United Kingdom
Mechthild Gross, RM, RN, MSc, Germany
Gill Gyte, MPhil, United Kingdom
Eileen Hutton, RM, RN, PhD, Canada
Ken Johnson, PhD, Canada
Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, United States
Patrick Lavery, MD, United States
Nicky Leap, DMid, MSc, RM, Australia
Heloisa Lessa, MS, Brazil
Amali Lokugamage, MBChB, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCOG, United Kingdom
Lisa Kane Low, PhD, RN, CNM, FACNM, United States
Ans Luyben, RM, PGDE, PDM, PhD, Switzerland
Margaret Maimbolwa, PhD, Zambia
Rosemary Mander, MSc, PhD, RGN, SCM, MTD, United Kingdom
Jayne Marshall, PhD, MA, PGCEA, ADM, RM, RGN, United Kingdom
Etsuko Matsuoko, PhD, Japan
Robyn Maude, PhD, MA (Midwifery), BN, RM, RN, New Zealand
Chris McCourt, PhD, United Kingdom
Marianne Mead, RM, PhD, United Kingdom
Judith Mercer, BSN, MS, DNS, United States
Mary Newburn, MSc, United Kingdom
Kerreen Reiger, PhD, Australia
Verena Schmidt, RM, Italy
Julia Seng, PhD, CNM, FAAN, United States
Theresa Ann Sipe, CNM, MPH, MN, PhD, United States
Nick Taub, PhD, United Kingdom
Jim Thornton, MD, FRCOG, United Kingdom
Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, MD, PhD, Sweden
Saras Vedam, RN, MSN, SciD(hc), Canada
Kim Watts, PhD, PGCAP, MSc, RM, RN, United Kingdom


The International Journal of Childbirth is currently seeking authors who are willing to contribute articles concerning the practice of midwifery, women's health, prenatal care, and the birth process. The journal encourages the exploration of the complex and contextual issues surrounding childbirth provision and outcomes and invites manuscripts from a wide range of clinical, theoretical, political, methodological, psychological, public health, policy, and multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The following presentation style should be observed when submitting a manuscript:

  • Clinical and Basic Science Research: These articles should include an abstract, introduction, material and methods, case history (if applicable), results, discussion, conclusion, and references.
  • Reviews: Reviews should provide a comprehensive synthesis of the available information on their chosen topic. They must include headings and reference citations.
  • Case Reports: These should be brief reviews of either typical or atypical births and should include an abstract, introduction, case report data and findings, discussion, conclusion, and references.
  • Personal Narratives: These articles should be first-hand accounts of childbirth experiences. References are not required but may be included when needed to support data or quotations from published sources.


Manuscripts for publication in the International Journal of Childbirth should be submitted online using Editorial Manager.

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