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Lamaze Research Initiative

The Lamaze Childbirth Education Research Initiative was developed in 2017 to facilitate research into childbirth education that investigates:

  • Evaluation of childbirth education accessibility, effectiveness, acceptability, return on investment and quality
  • Best practices for delivering and receiving childbirth education
  • Parent knowledge of evidence-based birth and breastfeeding practices

Activities include:

  • Tracking research and monitoring outcomes and measures related to childbirth education in an annotated bibliography 
  • Identifying data sources for childbirth education researchers
  • Partnering with other groups and individual researchers who are making headway in improving childbirth and maternal outcomes such as Childbirth Connection, the California Quality Initiative, and the March of Dimes
  • Collaborating with hospitals (i.e., Magnet designated), academic institutions (i.e. schools of nursing, midwifery, advanced practice nursing, public health, social work, physical therapy) to promote research into childbirth education research topics

For questions or to get involved with research initiatives contact Susan Givens at

To see the full workgroup roster, click here

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Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women

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