142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Childbirth and Postpartum Care

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Scarce studies examine the utilization of postpartum office visits and mental health counseling after childbirth despite the fact that this is a critical period for maternal physical and mental health, a gap that this session addresses. Moreover, cesarean delivery rates in the US have been found to be significantly higher than is medically necessary thus it is important to identify geographic variations in these rates. Finally, home births are becoming increasingly popular in the US so it's important to review recent cohort studies that shed light on home birth safety.
Session Objectives: - Identify factors associated with increased likelihood of attending a postpartum visit and with increased utilization of mental health counseling after childbirth. - Identify geography-related healthcare supply factors that are associated with higher rates of caesarean deliveries. - Assess the methodological approaches and results from the most recent, largest and well-designed observational studies that compare home births to hospital births.
Kristen Kjerulff, MA, PhD and Rada Dagher, PhD, MPH
Rada Dagher, PhD, MPH


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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Women's Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)