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The Necessity and Challenge of International Midwifery Science

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What is the best way to provide care during the reproductive process? What have we learned from centuries of experience and from the application of the tools of science to the practice of maternity care? Those who consult the history and science of maternity care will discover that the answers to these straightforward questions are anything but straightforward.

Document Type: Commentary


Affiliations: Correspondence regarding this article should be directed to Raymond G. De Vries, University of Michigan Medical School, CA 92126, USA., Email:

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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  • The International Journal of Childbirth is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with 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.
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