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International Journal of Childbirth

SKU# 21565287

Editors: Michelle L. Murray, PhD, RNC-OB

ISSN: 21565287

eISSN: 21565295

FREQUENCY: Quarterly


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.

The International Journal of Childbirth (IJCB), a quarterly publication of Springer Publishing Company. The IJCB is listed in the Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index. The mission of IJCB is to disseminate original research, theoretical insights, case studies, and authoritative opinions that enhance our reader’s evidence-based safe practice in prenatal, antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal care.

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by a distinguished editorial board. The IJCB encourages the following professions to submit manuscripts: nurses, midwives, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, physiologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, physiotherapists, economists, biologists, pediatricians, neonatologists, maternity service policy makers, health care leaders, health care safety experts, doulas, traditional birth attendants, childbirth educators, and students of maternity care to submit manuscripts that may have an impact on maternal and/or fetal health.

Currently, the IJCB seeks manuscripts on the following topics:

  • Fetal physiology
  • Fetal pathophysiology
  • Fetal anatomy (passenger)
  • Maternal physiology
  • Maternal pathophysiology
  • Maternal pelvic anatomy (passageway)
  • Maternal psychology (psyche)
  • Fetal and maternal safety and liability issues
  • Healthcare system issues
  • Short-term outcomes for mother, baby, or family
  • Long-term outcomes for mother, baby, or family
  • Human rights
  • Ethics related to prenatal, antepartal, intrapartal or postpartal care
  • Maternity care variations across cultures
  • Passenger-passageway issues such as cephalopelvic disproportion
  • Critical-thinking at the bedside
  • Vigilance fatigue and other safety issues
  • Patient perspectives (qualitative research)

Editorial Board 


Michelle L. Murray, PhD, RNC-OB
Learning Resources International Inc.
Albuquerque, NM, United States


Ana Bianchi
Pereira Rossell University Hospital
Montevideo, Uruguay

Eva K. Robertson
Nord Universitet
Bodø, Norway

Liliana S. Voto
Universidad de Buenos Aires


Maria Helena Bastose, MD, MSc, PhD, United Kingdom
Marie Berg, PhD, MNSc, MPH, RN, RM, Sweden
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
Marcos Dias, MD, PhD, Brazil
Grace Edwards,, RN, RM, ADM, Cert Ed, M.Ed, PhD, Uganda
Aga Khan, Uganda
Jenny Gamble, RM, MHlth, PhD, Australia
Frances Ganges, Netherlands
Atf Gherissi, PhD, MEdSc, CM, Tunisia
Ank de Jonge, PhD, Netherlands
Eugene Declercq, United States
Raymond De Vries, PhD, United States
Judith T. Fullerton, United Kingdom
Vivette Glover, MA, PhD, DSc, United Kingdom
Mechthild Gross, Germany
Eileen Hutton, RM, RN, PhD, Canada
Ken Johnson, PhD, Canada
Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, 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
Jayne Marshall, PhD, MA, PGCEA, ADM, RM, RGN,
Etsuko Matsuoko, PhD, Japan
Robyn Maude, PhD, MA (Midwifery), BN, RM, RN, New Zealand
Christine McCourt, PhD, United Kingdom
Judith Mercer, BSN, MS, DNS, United States
Mary Newburn, MSc, United Kingdom
Sally Pezaro,, BA (Hons), DipMid, MSc, PhD, United Kingdom
Kerreen Reiger, PhD, Australia
Verena Schmidt, RM, Italy
Nick Taub, PhD, United Kingdom
Jim Thornton, MD, FRCOG, United Kingdom
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Saras Vedam, RN, MSN, SciD(hc), Canada
Kim Watts, PhD, PGCAP, MSc, RM, RN, United Kingdom


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

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

Online Access 

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