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Promoting and Implementing Evidence-Based, Best Practices in Childbirth Education

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Childbirth educators have a duty to promote and implement best practices. Best practices are individualized and evidence-based, using quality research to optimize outcomes. This requires addressing change. The childbirth educator must model evidence-based practices by systematically engaging in activities to improve his or her own changing curriculum. The childbirth educator is also a professional in a core position to play an active role as a change agent in the system through evaluation and dissemination of information to parents, fellow childbirth educators, and other professionals on the health-care team. This information provides the basis for important health-care decisions for self and others.

Keywords: best practice; childbirth education; evidence-based practice

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2004

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