Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care is a multidisciplinary, refereed journal devoted to issues and practices in the care of childbearing women, infants, and families. It is written by and for professionals in maternal and neonatal health, nurses, midwives, physicians, public health workers, childbirth educators, lactation counselors, and other perinatal caregivers and policy makers.The aims of Birth areÖ To publish well-designed research in pregnancy and childbirth, from sophisticated advances in medicine to the parents' physical and emotional needs; To provide a timely and lively forum for current issues in maternal and newborn care and education; To underline the importance of evidence-based medicine in making effective changes in clinical practices.

Current impact factor: 1.26

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.264
2013 Impact Factor 2.048
2012 Impact Factor 2.926
2011 Impact Factor 2.182
2010 Impact Factor 1.821
2009 Impact Factor 1.919
2008 Impact Factor 2.836
2007 Impact Factor 2.217
2006 Impact Factor 2.058
2005 Impact Factor 1.836
2004 Impact Factor 1.981
2003 Impact Factor 1.709
2002 Impact Factor 1.424
2001 Impact Factor 0.917
2000 Impact Factor 1.25
1999 Impact Factor 0.915
1998 Impact Factor 1.164
1997 Impact Factor 0.907
1996 Impact Factor 0.763
1995 Impact Factor 0.814
1994 Impact Factor 0.857
1993 Impact Factor 1.137
1992 Impact Factor 0.536

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.61
Cited half-life 8.60
Immediacy index 0.30
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.76
Website Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care website
Other titles Birth (Berkeley, Calif.: Online), Birth
ISSN 1523-536X
OCLC 40695569
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Background: The care provided to parents experiencing stillbirth can have significant and lasting impacts on their immediate and long-term psychological well being. The aim of this qualitative synthesis was to investigate parents' experiences of care received during and after stillbirth. Methods: Qualitative findings extracted from 20 included studies were pooled using a meta-aggregative approach. Results: Four meta-syntheses encompassing parents' experiences of care at diagnosis of stillbirth, induction and birth, immediately postbirth and onwards, revealed care strategies that parents appreciated and found helpful, and also actions and behaviors that were distressing. Helpful strategies included a warm and sensitive communication style, provision of clear and understandable information, shared decision making, and respect for individual needs and preferences. Parents appreciated guidance from health care professionals about seeing and holding, including being prepared for their baby's possible appearance, information on how to spend time with their baby, and collection of memorabilia. After stillbirth, offers of follow-up care, including referrals for professional support, were appreciated. Conclusions: Care received during and after stillbirth may have lasting impacts on parents' future well being. Health care professionals may aid in improving parents' well being after stillbirth by providing care that is cognizant of parents' emotional states. Care strategies arising from the findings of this review are suggested.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are two to three times more likely to experience adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes than non-Aboriginal women in Australia. Persisting health inequalities are at least in part explained by late and/or inadequate access to antenatal care. Methods: This study draws on data collected in a population-based study of 344 women giving birth to an Aboriginal infant between July 2011 and June 2013 in South Australia to investigate factors associated with engagement in antenatal care. Results: About 79.8 percent of mothers accessed antenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy, and 90 percent attended five or more antenatal visits. Compared with women attending mainstream regional services, women attending regional Aboriginal Family Birthing Program services were more likely to access antenatal care in the first trimester (Adj OR 2.5 [1.0-6.3]) and markedly more likely to attend a minimum of five visits (Adj OR 4.3 [1.2-15.1]). Women attending metropolitan Aboriginal Family Birthing Program services were also more likely to attend a minimum of five visits (Adj OR 12.2 [1.8-80.8]) compared with women attending mainstream regional services. Women who smoked during pregnancy were less likely to attend a visit in the first trimester and had fewer visits. Conclusions: Scaling up of Aboriginal Family Birthing Program Services in urban and regional areas of South Australia has increased access to antenatal care for Aboriginal families. The involvement of Aboriginal Maternal Infant Care workers, provision of transport for women to get to services, and outreach have been critical to the success of this program.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Few studies have examined prenatal mood as a means to identify women at risk for negative childbirth experiences. We explore associations between prenatal mood and birth perceptions in a socioeconomically diverse, American sample. Methods: We conducted a prospective study of 136 predominantly low-income and ethnic minority women of mixed parity. Prenatal measures of perceived stress, pregnancy-related anxiety, and depressive symptoms were used to predict maternal perceptions of birth experiences one month postpartum using the Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ; 1). Results: After adjusting for sociodemographic variables and mode of delivery, higher third trimester stress predicted worse CEQ total scores. This association was predominantly explained by two CEQ domains: own capacity (e.g. feelings of control and capability) and perceived safety. Pregnancy-related anxiety and depressive symptoms correlated with perceived stress, though neither independently predicted birth experience. Unplanned cesareans were associated with a worse CEQ total score. Vaginal delivery predicted greater perceived safety. Altogether, sociodemographic covariates, mode of delivery, and prenatal mood accounted for 35% of the variance in birth experience (p<.001). Discussion: Our finding that prenatal stress explains a significant and likely clinically meaningful proportion of the variance in birth experience suggests that women perceive and recall their birth experiences through a lens that is partially determined by preexisting personal circumstances and emotional reserves. Since childbirth perceptions have implications for maternal and child health, patient satisfaction, and healthcare expenditures, these findings warrant consideration of prenatal stress screening to target intervention for women at risk for negative birth experiences. Key words: birth, prenatal stress, pregnancy-related anxiety, prenatal depression
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Background: We aimed to explore the relationship between frequency of time for self and maternal depressive symptoms at 6 months postpartum. Methods: A prospective cohort study of 1,507 first-time mothers in Australia, recruited in early pregnancy with follow-up at 6 months postpartum, was conducted. Scores of more than or equal to 13 on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale were used to identify depressive symptoms. Results: Of 1,507 women recruited to the study, 92.6 percent completed follow-up at 6 months postpartum. Almost half (48.5%) reported having time for themselves when someone else looked after their baby (time for self) once a week or more. Compared with women who reported less frequent time for self, women who had time for themselves once a week or more were less likely to report depressive symptoms (unadjusted OR 0.44 [95% CI 0.30-0.66]). Women who had more frequent time for themselves were more likely to have more practical and emotional support. However, this only partially explained the relationship between time for self and depressive symptoms, which remained significant in regression models after adjusting for other recognized risk factors for maternal depression, including social support (adjusted OR 0.60 [95% CI 0.39-0.94]). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that having time for self at least once a week in the first 6 months after childbirth may have a beneficial influence on maternal mental health. Ensuring women get regular respite from the challenges of caring for a young baby may be a relatively simple and effective way of promoting maternal mental health in the year after childbirth.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The aim of our study was to determine the optimal time for manual placental removal in an uncomplicated third stage while taking into consideration the risk for blood transfusion. Risk factors for postpartum blood transfusions were studied. Methods: Computerized data of all vaginal deliveries at our labor and delivery unit from 2010 to 2014 were obtained. Cases of complete and spontaneous placental separation up to 60 minutes into the third stage of labor were extracted for analysis. Patient demographics, obstetrical history, delivery course, and outcome were assessed as well as blood product requirements during the postpartum period. Receiver-operating curves (ROC) for prediction of blood transfusion during the third stage were calculated and risk factors were assessed. Results: 31,226 vaginal deliveries occurred during the study period and 28,586 deliveries culminated with complete and spontaneous placental separation, 25,160 of which met inclusion criteria. Independent risk factors for blood transfusions were primiparity, longer second and third stage length, labor induction, and maternal intrapartum fever. ROC curves showed that the optimal cutoff for the prediction of blood transfusions was 17 minutes into the third stage of labor. Waiting more than 30 minutes for placental separation increases the risk for blood transfusion more than threefold. Conclusions: A third stage longer than 17 minutes is associated with an increased risk for blood transfusion postpartum. After more than 30 minutes, the risk for blood transfusions increases more than threefold.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Latinas have high overall breastfeeding initiation rates, yet Puerto Ricans have among the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rates. This study sought to determine if acculturation was associated with intent to breastfeed in a predominantly Puerto Rican population. Methods: A cohort of Latina women were enrolled in Proyecto Buena Salud, and provided information on infant feeding intent (n = 1,323). Acculturation was assessed via the Psychological Acculturation Scale (PAS), language preference, and generation in the United States. Results: Increasing acculturation as measured by English language preference (aOR 0.61 [95% CI 0.42-0.88]) and second or third generation in the United States (aOR 0.70 [95% CI 0.52-0.95)] was inversely associated with odds of intending to exclusively breastfeed. Similarly, women with higher levels of acculturation as measured by the PAS (aOR 0.67 [95% CI 0.45-0.99]), English language preference (aOR 0.48 [95% CI 0.33-0.70]) and second or third generation in the United States (aOR 0.42 [95% CI 0.31-0.58]) were less likely to report intent to combination feed as compared with women with lower acculturation. Conclusions: Acculturation was inversely associated with intent to exclusively breastfeed and intent to combination feed in this predominantly Puerto Rican sample.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The United States has recently experienced increases in both its rate of obesity and its cesarean rate. Our objective was to use a new item measuring prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) on the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth to examine at a population level the relationship between maternal obesity and primary cesarean delivery for women at otherwise low risk for cesarean delivery. Methods: By 2012, 38 states with 86 percent of United States births had adopted the U.S. Standard Certificate. The sample was limited to the 2,233,144 women who had a singleton, vertex, term (37-41 weeks) birth in 2012 and no prior cesarean. We modeled the likelihood of a primary cesarean by BMI category, controlling for maternal socio-demographic and medical characteristics. Results: Overall, 46.4 percent of otherwise low-risk mothers had a prepregnancy BMI in the overweight (25.1%) or obese (21.3%) categories, with the obese category distributed as follows: obese I (BMI 30.0-34.9, 12.4%); obese II (BMI 35.0-39.9, 5.5%); and obese III (BMI 40+, 3.5%). Obesity rates were highest among American Indian and Alaska Native (32.5%) and non-Hispanic black mothers (30.5%). After adjustment for demographic and medical risks, the adjusted risk ratios (95% confidence intervals) of cesarean for low-risk primiparas were: 1.61 (1.60-1.63) for obese I, 1.86 (1.83-1.88) for obese II, and 2.21 (2.18-2.25) for obese III mothers compared with mothers in the normal weight category. Discussion: A relationship between prepregnancy obesity and primary cesarean delivery among relatively low-risk mothers remained even after controlling for social and medical risk factors.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Normal progress of labor is a subject for discussion among professionals. The aim of this study was to assess the duration of labor in women with a planned home birth and spontaneous onset who gave birth at home or in hospital after transfer. Methods: This is a population-based study of home births in four Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). All midwives assisting at a home birth from 2008 to 2013 were asked to provide information about home births using a questionnaire. Results: Birth data from 1,612 women, from Denmark (n = 1,170), Norway (n = 263), Sweden (n = 138), and Iceland (n = 41) were included. The total median duration from onset of labor until the birth of the baby was approximately 14 hours for primiparas and 7.25 hours for multiparas. The duration of the different phases varied between countries. Blood loss more than 1,000 mL and perineal ruptures that needed suturing were associated with a longer pushing phase and the latter with country of residence, parity, single status, and the baby's weight. Conclusion: In this population of healthy women with a low prevalence of interventions, the total duration of labor was fairly similar to what is described in the literature for multiparas, but longer for primiparas. Although the duration of the phases of labor differed among countries, it was to a minor extent associated with severe outcomes.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Birth
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The experience of the care a woman receives during pregnancy and childbirth has an immediate and long-lasting effect on her well being. The involvement of patients and clients in health care has increased over the last decades. The Dutch maternity care system offers an excellent opportunity to explore and involve women's suggestions for the improvement of midwifery care in the current maternity care model. Methods: This qualitative study is part of the "DELIVER" study. Clients were recruited from 20 midwifery practices. Purposive sampling was used to select the practices. The clients received up to three questionnaires, in which they could respond to the question; "Do you have any suggestions on how your midwife could improve his/her provision of care?" The answers were analyzed with a qualitative thematic content analysis, using the software program MAXQDA. Results: Altogether, 3,499 answers were provided. One overarching concept emerged: clients' desire for individualized care. Within this concept, suggestions could be clustered around 1) provider characteristics: interpersonal skills, communication, and competence, and 2) service characteristics: content and quantity of care, guidance and support, continuity of care provider, continuity of care, information, and coordination of care. Conclusions: Informed by the suggestions of women, care to women and their families could be improved by the following: 1) more continuity of the care provider during the prenatal, natal, and postnatal periods, 2) more information and information specifically tailored for the person, 3) client-centered communication, and 4) a personal approach with 5) enough time spent per client.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Birth