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International Journal of Childbirth

SKU# 21565287

The Official Publication of the International Confederation of Midwives

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

ISSN: 21565287

eISSN: 21565295

FREQUENCY: Quarterly

Description 

The Official Journal of the International Confederation of Midwives

The International Journal of Childbirth is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with 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 international board of editors and contributing authors provide accessible, evidence based articles that provided 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 practice-based innovations and organization of care
  • provide a forum for exploration, debate, and critique in childbirth research, education, and practice
  • 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 & 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 and traditional birth attendants, childbirth educators, and students of maternity care.

Editorial Board 

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF

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

Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, NP, FACNM, FAAN
School of Nursing
Oakland University
United States


DEPUTY EDITOR

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


ASSOCIATE EDITORS

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


INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF MIDWIVES

Agneta S Bridges
Secretary General
The Netherlands


BOARD MEMBERS

Frances Day-Stirk
President
United Kingdom

Debrah Lewis
Vice-President
Trinidad, West Indies

Marian van Huis
Treasurer
The Netherlands

Deliwe Nyathikazi
South Africa

Laurence Monteiro
Benin

Mary Higgins
Ireland

Maria Papadopoulou
Cyprus

Ingela Wiklund
Sweden

Frances Ganges
USA

Mirian Teresa Solís Rojas
Perú

Sue Bree
New Zealand

Mary Kirk
Australia

Call for Papers 

The International Journal of Childbirth, the official publication of the International Confederation of Midwives, 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.


SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT

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

The following dated and signed agreement must accompany each manuscript submitted for consideration and should be attached to the submission as a separate document:

Copyright Agreement
The undersigned author(s) transfers all copyright ownership of the article entitled [insert the title of your article] to the Springer Publishing Company, LLC, in the event that the article is published in the International Journal of Childbirth. This transfer of copyright includes, but is not limited to, the worldwide rights to any and all forms of publication now known or hereafter developed, including all forms of print and electronic media. The undersigned author(s) warrants and represents that the article is original, is not under consideration by another journal, has not been published previously, and contains no matter that is libelous, unlawful, or that infringes upon another copyright.

Online Access 

Official Publication of the International Confederation of Midwives

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