International Journal of Childbirth Vol 11 Issue 3

International Journal of Childbirth

Edited by:
Michelle L. Murray, PhD, RNC-OB
Editorial board
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Included in: Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), SCOPUS, Ovid

The International Journal of Childbirth (IJCB), is a quarterly, peer reviewed publication.  The mission of IJCB is to disseminate original research, theoretical insights, case studies, and authoritative opinions that enhance evidence-based safe practice in prenatal, antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal care.  


Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts for publication in the journal should be submitted online.

Author Resources

We provide the following author resources. Please carefully read this material before submitting a manuscript:

The International Journal of Childbirth (IJCB), is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication.  The mission of IJCB is to disseminate original research, theoretical insights, case studies, and authoritative opinions that enhance evidence-based safe practice in prenatal, antepartal, intrapartal, and postpartal care.  

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by a distinguished editorial board.  The IJCB encourages the following professions to submit manuscripts:  nurses, midwives, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, physiologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, physiotherapists, economists, biologists, pediatricians,  neonatologists, maternity service policy makers, health care leaders,  health care safety experts, doulas, traditional birth attendants, childbirth educators, and students of maternity care to submit manuscripts that may have an impact on maternal and/or fetal health.

Currently, the IJCB seeks manuscripts on the following topics:

  • Fetal physiology 
  • Fetal pathophysiology
  • Fetal anatomy (passenger)
  • Maternal physiology 
  • Maternal pathophysiology
  • Maternal pelvic anatomy (passageway)
  • Maternal psychology (psyche)
  • Fetal and maternal safety and liability issues
  • Healthcare system issues
  • Short-term outcomes for mother, baby, or family
  • Long-term outcomes for mother, baby, or family
  • Human rights
  • Ethics related to prenatal, antepartal, intrapartal or postpartal care
  • Maternity care variations across cultures
  • Passenger-passageway issues such as cephalopelvic disproportion
  • Critical-thinking at the bedside
  • Vigilance fatigue and other safety issues
  • Patient perspectives (qualitative research)


Michelle L. Murray, PhD, RNC-OB
Founder/President, Learning Resources International Inc.
Albuquerque, NM, USA


Ana Bianchi
Director of The Prenatal Medicine Service
Department Obstetrics and Gynecology
Periera Rossell University Hospital
Montevideo, Uruguay

Liliana S. Voto 
Head of Maternal and Childhood Department
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eva K. Robertson
Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences
Nord Universitet, Bodø, Norway


Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Frontier Nursing University
United States

Terese Bondas, PhD, LicNsc, MNsc, RN, PHN
Professor of Nursing
University of Nordland

Sheena Byrom, RM, MA
Board Member, Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
Fellow, Royal College of Midwives (2015)
United Kingdom

Hannah Dahlen, RN, RM, BN(Hons), MCommN, PhD, FACM
Professor of Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Higher Degree Research Director
University of Western Sydney

Marcos Dias, MD, PhD
Department of Obstetrics
Instituto Fernandes Figueira–FIOCRUZ,
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Grace Edwards, RN, RM, ADM, Cert Ed, M.Ed, PhD
Aga Khan University
School Nursing and Midwifery

Jenny Gamble, RM, MHlth, PhD
Professor of Midwifery
Chair and Director, Midwifery Maternity Provider Organisation Australia
Griffith University

Atf Gherissi, PhD, MEdSc, CM
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sciences and Health Techniques
Tunis - El Manar University

Ank de Jonge, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Midwifery Science
VU University Medical Center

Eugene Declercq, PhD
Professor, Community Health Sciences
Boston University

Raymond De Vries, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine 
Professor, Department of Learning Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Michigan Medical School

Mechthild Gross, RM, RN, MSc
Midwifery Research and Education
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine
Hannover Medical School

Elaine Jefford, PhD, MSc, Grad Dip T&L, BSc(Hons) Midwifery, BSC(Hons) Nursing
Associate Professor Midwifery
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences
University of South Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia

Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Professor of Midwifery
Yale University
School of Nursing
New Haven, CT

Nicky Leap, DMid, MSc, RM
Adjunct Professor, Midwifery
Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health
University of Technology Sydney

Amali Lokugamage, MBChB, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCOG
Deputy Academic Lead, Clinical and Professional Practice
Board of Directors, International Motherbaby Childbirth Organisation
University College
London, UK

Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Associate Dean for Practice and Professional Graduate Studies
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
University of Michigan
School of Nursing

Margaret Maimbolwa, PhD
Associate Professor and Researcher
University of Zambia

Jayne E. Marshall, PFHEA, PhD, MA,PGCEA, ADM, RM, RGN
Foundation Professor of Midwifery
College of Life Sciences,
University of Leicester

Etsuko Matsuoka, PhD
Center for Gender and Women's Culture in Asia
Education and Research Councilors
Nara Women’s University

Robyn Maude, PhD, MA (Midwifery), BN, RM, RN
Head of Programme for Midwifery
School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Christine McCourt, PhD
Professor of Maternal and Child Health
School of Health Sciences
Division of Midwifery and Radiography
University of London

Judith Mercer, BSN, MS, DNS
Professor Emerita - College of Nursing
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island

Nancy Miller Powell, PhD, MSN, CNM, RNC-OB, RN-BC
Director Professional Development
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

Mary Newburn, MSc
Freelance Health Researcher and Consultant
Patient and Public Involvement in Maternity Services
City, University of London
London, UK

Sally Pezaro BA (Hons), DipMid, MSc, PhD
Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Coventry University

Jim Thornton, MD, FRCOG
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Nottingham

Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg, MD, PhD
Professor of Physiology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Stockholm, Sweden

Saraswathi Vedam, RN, MSN, SciD(hc)
Associate Professor of Midwifery
Lead Investigator of the Birth Place Lab
Department of Family Practice
University of British Columbia

Kim Watts, PhD, PGCAP, MSc, RM, RN
Senior Lecturer Midwifery
King’s College
London, UK


Soo Downe, RM, MSc, PhD
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
United Kingdom

Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Division of Academic Affairs
Northern Michigan University
United States

Denis Walsh, PhD, RM
Division of Midwifery
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

  1. Research Article

    How Tanzanian Nurse-Midwives and Obstetricians Develop Postpartum Relationships With Women

    International Journal of Childbirth 8(1): 41-53