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🟢Examining respect, autonomy, and mistreatment in childbirth in the US: do provider type and place of birth matter?

Resource: Reproductive Health Journal Analyses of factors that determine quality of perinatal care consistently rely on clinical markers, while failing to assess experiential outcomes. Understanding how model of care and birth setting influence experiences of respect, autonomy, and decision making, is essential for comprehensive assessment of quality. Link: https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-023-01584-1

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Disruptive Innovation: Holding the Space for Human Birth

Vedam S. Disruptive Innovation: Holding the Space for Human Birth. TEDx Amherst, 2013 (Amherst College, MA); http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5V723E9wvE

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The Giving Voice to Mothers Study: How do they define quality and safety?

Vedam S, Stoll K, Khemet Taiwo T, Cadena M, Rubashkin N, Cheyney M, McLemore M, Rushton E, Nethery E, DeClercq E, and GVtM Steering Council. The Giving Voice to Mothers Study: How do they define quality and safety? Perinatal Quality Collaborative Unit, Centers for Disease Control, December 2018.

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The Childbirth Experience. Committee on Assessing Health Outcomes by Birth Setting

Vedam S. The Childbirth Experience. Committee on Assessing Health Outcomes by Birth Setting. Crear-Perry J, Joseph J, Aiyepola A, Marcelle E, Cheyney M (moderator). The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. April 9, 2019 (Washington, DC).

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The Midwifery Mandate in Global Crises: Leadership, Innovation, and Humility

Vedam S. The Midwifery Mandate in Global Crises: Leadership, Innovation, and Humility, Year of the Midwife, International Day of the Midwife Virtual Conference, May 5 2020.

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Co-creation of a core set of indicators of respectful maternity care

Vedam S. Co-creation of a core set of indicators of respectful maternity care. Global Technical Consultation, Improving Maternal Health Measurement Capacity and Use.  Improving Maternal Health Measurement Capacity and Use (IMHM), Department of Global Health and Population | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Webinar) July 5, 2020.

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Examining the lived experience of care across childbearing communities

Vedam S. Examining the lived experience of care across childbearing communities. Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health, National Institutes of Nursing Research and National Institute of Health, Washington, DC. September 29, 2020.

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Centering Lived Experience & Expertise: Health equity and measurement

Vedam S. Centering Lived Experience & Expertise: Health equity and measurement. Advancing Maternal Health Equity and Reducing Maternal Mortality, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Wash., DC, June 7, 2021.

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Mapping Quality and Safety in Perinatal Care: Access, Equity and Outcomes

Vedam S. Mapping Quality and Safety in Perinatal Care: Access, Equity and Outcomes, La Ciencia Y El Arte Del Nacimiento, Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 22, 2022.

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Whose Agenda and Whose Destiny?

Vedam S. Whose Agenda and Whose Destiny? International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference: Aarhus, Denmark, September 12, 2022.

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Anti-oppression in Midwifery Research and Practice: We have met the enemy and they are us

Vedam S. Anti-oppression in Midwifery Research and Practice: We have met the enemy and they are us. 35th Annual Therese Dondero Memorial Lecture, American College of Nurse-Midwives. October 13, 2022.

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Impact of institutional settings on the model of midwifery: Impact on quality and equity

Niles M, Vedam S, Malhotra N, Strauss N. Impact of institutional settings on the model of midwifery: Impact on quality and equity. Igniting Impact Together: Birthing Equitable Communities, March of Dimes. October 24-25, 2022 | Atlanta, GA.

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Transfer from planned home birth to hospital: Improving interprofessional collaboration

Vedam S, Leeman L, Cheyney M, Fisher T, Myers S, Low L, Ruhl C. (2014) Transfer from planned home birth to hospital: Improving interprofessional collaboration. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 59(6):624.

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The ResQu Index: a new instrument to appraise the quality of birth place research

Vedam S, Rossiter C, Homer, Scarf V, Stoll K. The ResQu Index: a new instrument to appraise the quality of birth place research. PLOS ONE, 2017 Aug 10. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0182991

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Perinatal outcomes of planned home birth after cesarean and planned hospital vaginal birth after cesarean at term gestation in British Columbia, Canada: A retrospective population-based cohort study

Bayrampour, H, Lisonkova, S, Tamana, S, Wines, J, Vedam, S, Janssen, P. Perinatal outcomes of planned home birth after cesarean and planned hospital vaginal birth after cesarean at term gestation in British Columbia, Canada: A retrospective population-based cohort study. Birth, 2021; 48: 301– 308. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12539

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The Canadian Birth Place Study: Development, validation, and administration of a questionnaire to multi-disciplinary maternity care providers

Schummers L, Vedam S, Fairbrother N, Klein M, Kaczorowski J. (2012). The Canadian Birth Place Study: Development, validation, and administration of a questionnaire to multi-disciplinary maternity care providers. Canadian Journal of Midwifery and Practice, 11(1):35-45.

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The Canadian Birth Place Study: Describing maternity practice and providers’ exposure to home birth

Vedam S, Schummers L, Stoll K, Rogers J, Klein MC, Fairbrother N, Dharamsi S, Liston R, Chong GK, Kaczorowski J. (2012) The Canadian Birth Place Study: Describing maternity practice and providers’ exposure to home birth. Midwifery, 28(5): 600-608.

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Home birth in North America: Attitudes and practice of American Certified Nurse-Midwives and Canadian Registered Midwives

Vedam S, Stoll K, Schummers L, Rogers J, Paine L. (2014) Home birth in North America: Attitudes and practice of American Certified Nurse-Midwives and Canadian Registered Midwives. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 59(2):141-152.

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The Canadian Birth Place Study: Examining attitudes and interprofessional conflict

Vedam S, Stoll K, Fairbrother N, Thordarson D, Dharamsi S, Kornelsen J, Klein M, Liston R, Schummers L, Rogers J, Kaczorowski J (2014) The Canadian Birth Place Study: Examining attitudes and interprofessional conflict. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 14:353.

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Giving Voice to Mothers: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States

Vedam S, Stoll K, Khemet Taiwo T, Rubashkin N, Cheyney M, Strauss N, McLemore M, Cadena M, Nethery E, Rushton E, Schummers L, Declercq E, GVtM-US Steering Council. Giving Voice to Mothers: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States. Reproductive Health, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-019-0729-2

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Identifying Indicators of Respect in Maternity Care in High Resource Countries: A Delphi Study

Clark E, Vedam S, Lo W, McLean A, Stoll K, Hall W.  Identifying Indicators of Respect in Maternity Care in High Resource Countries: A Delphi Study. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 2022, 31(1):1-30.

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“I had to fight for my VBAC”: A mixed methods exploration of women’s experiences of pregnancy and vaginal birth after cesarean in the United States

Basile Ibrahim, B, Knobf, MT, Shorten, A, et al. “I had to fight for my VBAC”: A mixed methods exploration of women’s experiences of pregnancy and vaginal birth after cesarean in the United States. Birth, 2020; 48: 164– 177. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12513

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The Mothers on Respect (MOR) index: measuring quality, safety, and human rights in childbirth

Vedam S, Stoll K, Rubashkin N, Martin K, Miller-Vedam Z, Hayes-Klein H, Jolicoeur G, the CCinBC Steering Council. The Mothers on Respect (MOR) index: measuring quality, safety, and human rights in childbirth. Social Science and Medicine: Population Health, 2017, 3: 201-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.01.005

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The Mother’s Autonomy in Decision Making (MADM) Scale: patient-led development and psychometric testing of a new instrument to evaluate experience of maternity care

Vedam S, Stoll K, Martin K, Rubashkin N, Partridge S, Thordarson, Jolicoeur G, the CCinBC Steering Council. The Mother’s Autonomy in Decision Making (MADM) Scale: patient-led development and psychometric testing of a new instrument to evaluate experience of maternity care. PLOS ONE, 2017,12(2): 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0171804

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Through the resident lens: examining knowledge and attitudes about midwifery among physician trainees

Lefebvre K, Wild J, Stoll K, Vedam S. Through the resident lens: examining knowledge and attitudes about midwifery among physician trainees. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2018. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13561820.2018.1543258

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Why Equitable Access to Vaginal Birth Requires Abolition of Race-Based Medicine

Rubashkin N. Why Equitable Access to Vaginal Birth Requires Abolition of Race-Based Medicine. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2022 Mar 1;24(3):233-8.

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A call for critical midwifery studies: Confronting systemic injustice in sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn care

Ashley R, Goodarzi B, Horn A, de Klerk H, Ku SE, Marcus JK, Mayra K, Mohamied F, Nayiga H, Sharma P, Udho S, Vijber MR, van der Waal R. A call for critical midwifery studies: Confronting systemic injustice in sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn care. Birth. 2022; 49: 355-359. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12661

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Why do some health care providers disrespect and abuse women during childbirth in India?

Mayra K, Matthews Z, Padmadas SS. Why do some health care providers disrespect and abuse women during childbirth in India?. Women and Birth. 2022; 35(1): e49-e59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2021.02.003

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India’s one million ASHAs win the global health leader’s award at the 75th WHA: Time to move beyond rhetoric to action

Asthana S, Mayra K. 2022. India’s one million ASHAs win the global health leader’s award at the 75th WHA: Time to move beyond rhetoric to action. The Lancet Regional Health: Southeast Asia. 00: 100029. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lansea.2022.100029

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Birth mapping- a visual arts-based participatory research method embedded in feminist epistemology

Mayra K. 2022. Birth mapping- a visual arts-based participatory research method embedded in feminist epistemology. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069221105382

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Evidence-based home birth practice

Vedam S, Rothman MB. Evidence-based home birth practice. In: Palmer & Vedam, et al., editors. ACNM Home Birth Practice Handbook. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: ACNM Publications; 2023.

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Mobilizing the Office for Civil Rights’ Authority to Address Obstetric Violence and Obstetric Racism

Lusero I, Reed A, Vedam S. et al. Mobilizing the Office for Civil Rights’ Authority to Address Obstetric Violence and Obstetric Racism. Invited Brief submitted to the Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Health and Human Services, June 25, 2022.

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Amicus Brief for Birth Rights Bar Association and the Birth Place Lab in Dray v. Staten Island Univ. Hosp., No. 2019-12617, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (2d Dept. 2019)

Kukura E, Lucero I, VedamS. Amicus Brief for Birth Rights Bar Association and the Birth Place Lab in Dray v. Staten Island Univ. Hosp., No. 2019-12617, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (2d Dept. 2019), November 2, 2020.

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Birth Includes Us: Development of a community-led survey to capture experiences of pregnancy care among LGBTQ2S+ families

Altman MR, Cragg K, van Winkle T, Julian Z, Obedin-Maliver J, Tarasoff LA, Eagen-Torkko M, Ferrell BL, Rubashkin NA, Lusero I, Vedam S. Birth Includes Us: Development of a community-led survey to capture experiences of pregnancy care among LGBTQ2S+ families. Birth, 2023 Jan 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12704

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Inequities in quality perinatal care in the United States during pregnancy and birth after cesarean

Ibrahim BB, Vedam S, Illuzzi J, Cheyney M, Kennedy HP. Inequities in quality perinatal care in the United States during pregnancy and birth after cesarean. PLoS ONE, 2022; 17(9): e0274790. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0274790

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The Giving Voice to Mothers Study Report: Communities defining quality and safety in pregnancy and childbirth care

Stoll K, Vedam S, Khemet T, Tatum A, Niles P, Strauss N, Mildenberger C, Kandal R, and DeClercq E, on behalf of the GVtM Steering Council. The Giving Voice to Mothers Study Report: Communities defining quality and safety in pregnancy and childbirth care. Birth Place Lab, University of British Columbia, June 2022. ISBN: 978-0-88865-484-7 (electronic…

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Advancing quality and safety of perinatal services in India: opportunities for effective midwifery integration

Vedam S, Titoria R, Niles P, Stoll K, Hardtman P, Kumar V, Mayra K, Baswal D., Kaur I. Advancing quality and safety of perinatal services in India: opportunities for effective midwifery integration. Health Policy and Planning, April 1, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czac032

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Transdisciplinary imagination:  addressing equity and mistreatment in perinatal care

Vedam S, Zephryin L, Hardtman P, Lusero I, Olson R, Hassan SS, van den Broek N, Stoll K, Niles P, Goode K, Nunally L, Bair JW. Transdisciplinary imagination:  addressing equity and mistreatment in perinatal care. Maternal and Child Health Journal, March 2022 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-022-03419-0

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Coercion and non-consent during birth and newborn care in the United States

Logan R, McLemore M, Julian Z, Stoll K, Vedam S & GVtM Steering Council. Coercion and non-consent during birth and newborn care in the United States. Birth:Issues in Perinatal Care, April 2022, https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12641

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Preterm and low birth weight birth in the United States: Black midwives speak of causality, prevention, and healing

Bridgeman-Bunyoli  AM, Cheyney M, Monroe S, Wiggins N, Vedam S. Preterm and low birth weight birth in the United States: Black midwives speak of causality, prevention, and healing. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, February 3, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12624

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The impact of culturally-centered care on peripartum experiences of autonomy and respect in community birth centers

Almanza JI, Tessier, KM, Karbeah J; Neerland C; Stoll K; Hardeman R; Vedam S. The impact of culturally-centered care on peripartum experiences of autonomy and respect in community birth centers. Maternal and Child Health Journal, November 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-021-03245-w

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Outcomes of care for 16,924 planned home births in the United States: the Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009

Cheyney M, Bovbjerg M, Everson C, Gordon W, Hannibal D, Vedam S. Outcomes of care for 16,924 planned home births in the United States: the Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009. Journal of Midwifery Women’s Health, 2014;59(1):17-27.

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Planned home vs hospital birth: a meta-analysis gone wrong

Michal CA, Janssen PA, Vedam S, Hutton EK, De Jonge A. Planned home vs hospital birth: a meta-analysis gone wrong. Medscape: Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011. Available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/739987

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Roundtable discussion: no one can condemn you to a c-section

Feldman P, Cymbalist R, Vedam S, Kotaska A. Roundtable discussion: no one can condemn you to a c-section. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 2010;37(3):245-251(7).

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In Search of a Common Agenda for Planned Home Birth in America

Vedam S. (2012) In Search of a Common Agenda for Planned Home Birth in America. The Journal of Perinatal Education. 21(2): 67-71.

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Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature

Vedam S, Schummers L, Fulton C. (2013) Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature. Division of Midwifery, University of British Columbia. ISSN 2292-2938 (Print) ISSN 2292-2946 (Online)

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Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature

Vedam S, Schummers L, Fulton C. (2014) Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature. Fall Update. Vancouver, BC. Division of Midwifery, University of British Columbia.

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Moral Science: Ethical argument and the production of knowledge about the safety of hospital and home birth

De Vries RG, Parachuri Y, Lorenz K, Vedam S. (2013) Moral Science: Ethical argument and the production of knowledge about the safety of hospital and home birth. J Clinical Ethics, 24(3):222-235.

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Best practice guidelines for transfer from home to hospital

Holzer D, Breen J, Finn K, Fisher T, Leeman L, Levine A, Lewis A, Low L, Michele T, Norsigian J, Vedam S. (2014) Best practice guidelines for transfer from home to hospital. Home Birth Summit Collaboration Task Force. https://www.birthplacelab.org/best-practice-guidelines-for-transfer-and-collaboration/ 

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What’s in a Name? “Out-of-Hospital” vs. “Community”

Cheyney M, Bovbjerg M, Leeman L, Vedam S. What’s in a Name? “Out-of-Hospital” vs. “Community” J of Midwifery and Womens Health, 2019 Jan;64(1):9-11. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12947

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International Insights for Maternity Care in the United States

Kennedy, HP ed., Balaam MC, Dahlen H, Declercq E, de Jonge A, Downe S, Ellwood, D, Homer, CSE, Sandall J, Vedam S, Wolfe I. International Insights for Maternity Care in the United States.  A Report Commissioned by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and US Congress, Committee on Assessing Outcomes by Birth Setting. April…

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Assessing quality of maternity care in Hungary: expert validation and testing of the mother-centered prenatal care (MCPC) survey instrument

Rubashkin N, Szebik I, Baji P, Szántó Z, Susánszky E, Vedam S. Assessing quality of maternity care in Hungary: expert validation and testing of the mother-centered prenatal care (MCPC) survey instrument. BMC Reproductive Health, 2017. 14:152. DOI 10.1186/s12978-017-0413-3.

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The Giving Voice to Mothers Study: Full Report and Executive Summary

Stoll K, Vedam S, Khemet T, Hamilton L, McLemore M, Cadena M, Declercq E, GVtM-US Steering Council. The Giving Voice to Mothers Study: Full Report and Executive Summary. Birth Place Lab, 2019. https://www.birthplacelab.org/giving-voice-to-mothers/

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Measuring respect and autonomy in Dutch maternity care: Applicability of two measures

Feijen-de Jong EI, van der Pijl M, Vedam S, Jansen DEMC, Peters LL. Measuring respect and autonomy in Dutch maternity care: Applicability of two measures. Women and Birth, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2019.10.008

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Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care During a Pandemic

Niles P, Asiodu IV, Crear-Perry J, Julian Z, Lyndon A, McLemore MR, Planey AM, Scott KA,  Vedam S. Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care During a Pandemic. Health Equity, 2020, 4 (1). https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2020.0022

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Changing Childbirth in BC: a policy report

Hamilton L, Stoll K, Vedam S, CCinBC Steering Council. Changing Childbirth in BC: a policy report. Birth Place Lab, University of British Columbia. 2019 https://www.birthplacelab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CCinBC-Full-Report-PSBC-March-6-2019-FINAL.pdf

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Asking different questions: A call to action for research to improve the quality of care for every woman, every child

Kennedy HP, Cheyney M, Dahlen HG, Downe S, Foureur MJ, Jefford E, Michel-Schuldt, Sandall J, Soltani H, Speciale, AM, Stevens J, Vedam S, Renfrew MJ. Asking different questions: A call to action for research to improve the quality of care for every woman, every child. Birth, 2018;00:1‐10. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12361

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Maternal and perinatal outcomes by place of birth among women with low-risk pregnancies in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Scarf V, Rossiter C, Vedam S, Dahlen HG, Ellwood D, Foster D, Foureur MJ, McLachlan H, Oats J, Sibbritt D, Thornton C, Homer CS. Maternal and perinatal outcomes by place of birth among women with low-risk pregnancies in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Midwifery, April 02, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2018.03.024

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Breaking the silence about obstetric violence: Body mapping women’s narratives of respect, disrespect and abuse during childbirth in India

Mayra K, Sandall J, Matthews Z, Padmadas S. 2022. Breaking the silence about obstetric violence: Body mapping women’s narratives of respect, disrespect and abuse during childbirth in India. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 22(318).

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Informal cash payments for birth in Hungary: are women paying to secure a known provider, respect, or quality of care?

Baji P, Rubashkin N, Szebik I, Stoll K, Vedam S. Informal cash payments for birth in Hungary: are women paying to secure a known provider, respect, or quality of care? Social Science and Medicine, 2017 Jul. http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0277953617304483

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Examining obstetric interventions and respectful maternity care in Hungary: Do informal payments for continuity of care link to quality?

Rubashkin, N, Baji, P, Szebik, I, Schmidt, E, Vedam, S. Examining obstetric interventions and respectful maternity care in Hungary: Do informal payments for continuity of care link to quality?. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, February 2021; 48: 309– 318. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12540

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I fought my entire way: Experiences of declining maternity care services in British Columbia

Niles P, Stoll K, Wang J, Black S, Vedam S.  I fought my entire way: Experiences of declining maternity care services in British Columbia, PLOS One, June 4, 2021. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0252645

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Patient-led decision making: Measuring autonomy and respect in Canadian maternity care

Vedam S, Stoll K, McRae D, Martin R, MacRae L, Korchinski M, Jolicoeur G, CCinBC Steering Council. Patient-led decision making: Measuring autonomy and respect in Canadian maternity care. Patient Education and Counselling, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.10.023

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I felt so much conflict instead of joy: an analysis of open-ended comments from people in British Columbia who declined care recommendations during pregnancy and childbirth

Stoll K, Wang J, Niles P, Wells L, Vedam S. I felt so much conflict instead of joy: an analysis of open-ended comments from people in British Columbia who declined care recommendations during pregnancy and childbirth. Reprod Health. 2021 April 15;18(1):79. https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-021-01134-7

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Reduced Prevalence of Small-for-Gestational-Age and Preterm Birth for Women of Low Socioeconomic Position: A Population-Based Cohort Study Comparing Midwifery and Physician-Led Models of Care

McRae D, Janssen P, Vedam S, Mayhew M, Mpofu D, Teucher U, Muhajarine N. Reduced Prevalence of Small-for-Gestational-Age and Preterm Birth for Women of Low Socioeconomic Position: A Population-Based Cohort Study Comparing Midwifery and Physician-Led Models of Care. BMJ Open, October 3, 2018. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/10/e022220?rss=1

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Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomes

Vedam S, Stoll K, MacDorman M, Declercq E, Cramer R, Cheyney M, et al. (2018) Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomes. PLoS ONE 13(2): e0192523. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192523

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The role of midwifery and other international insights for maternity care in the United States: An analysis of four countries

Kennedy, HP, Balaam, M-C, Dahlen, H, et al. The role of midwifery and other international insights for maternity care in the United States: An analysis of four countries. Birth 2020; 47: 332– 345. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12504

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Kairos care in a Chronos world

Niles P, Vedam S, Lyndon A, Squires A. Kairos care in a Chronos world: Midwifery care as model of resistance and accountability in public health settings. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, Special Issue on Midwifery, June 2021, http://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12565

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