Volume 1 (2002)


The Evolution of the Social Science of Midwifery and Its Canadian Contributions

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Ph.D.

Ivy Bourgeault PhD (bourgea@mcmaster.ca) is an Assistant Professor in Health Studies and Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She also holds a New Investigator Award with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and is heading a five-year study of the impact of gender and geography on the rationalization of the health...

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Galactosemia: A Case Study

Eileen K. Hutton, RM, MNSc Tory Tudor, RM, BHSc Remi Ejiwunmi, RM, BHSc


Inborn errors of metabolism often manifest with varied clinical presentations in the neonatal period. Prevention of morbidity or mortality is frequently contingent on early diagnosis. Midwives have a role to play in recognizing symptoms that may be consistent with such a diagnosis. This paper describes the...

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Measuring Birth Outcomes: Validating the Perinatal Outcome Index

Patricia McNiven, RM, BScN, Msc, PhD Karyn Kaufman, RM, BSN, MS, DrPH Murray Enkin, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, LLD, Dsc

We undertook a study to assess the reliability and validity of a new measure of low risk maternity care. A Perinatal Outcome Index (POI), which combines intrapartum process of care and clinical outcome items into a summary index score,...

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