CFS: Midwifery

Midwifery – Call for paper special issue – Beyond the numbers: The contribution of midwives to building a better future for women and children

Midwifery is currently seeking papers for a forthcoming Special Issue related to the Millennium Development Goads to complement The Lancet’s forthcoming special, May 2013. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are due to be achieved in 2015, although there will be considerable challenges for many countries to meet the goals. Countdown to 2015 is a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the MDGs related to improving maternal and child health.

The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 — the first of its kind — took stock of the practice in 58 countries with high rates of maternal, foetal and newborn mortality. The report states that across the 58 countries as many as 3.6 million maternal, foetal and newborn deaths per year could be averted if all women had access to the full package of reproductive, maternal and newborn care. A common feature is the lack of access to quality midwifery services. These are not just issues for low income countries, access and coverage to midwifery care has been raised as an issue in middle and high income countries too.

The State of the World’s Midwifery identified three key points relating to the status of the midwifery profession and the challenges and barriers that affect midwifery, its development and its effectiveness. This special issue of Midwifery will address the particular role and contribution of midwives to the quality of care, health and wellbeing of mothers and newborns in low, medium and high income countries. It will be published to complement a Special Series on Midwifery planned by The Lancet, to be published in May 2013.

Midwifery would like to invite papers on the following topics in low, medium and especially in high income countries:

  •  Facilitators and barriers to scaling up services provided by midwives, and the role of key stakeholders and financial systems at global and government policy level.
  •  The role of education, regulation and professional association in contributing to strengthening midwifery.
  •  Access to care issues from women’s perspectives.
  •  The effects of over diagnosis and medicalisation in countries without midwifery coverage and access.

We request authors to submit their full manuscripts for consideration to Midwifery at  by 6 January 2013. When asked to choose article type, authors should select ‘Special Issue—MDG’. All submissions should meet the usual Midwifery author guidelines and standards and will be subject to the usual peer-review process.

Further details can be found at


CFS: Health Ed & Promotion


The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health is soliciting manuscripts for the 2013 continuing education theme issues on Health Education and Promotion. We invite submissions that address optimizing women’s health and reproductive health outcomes. Potential topics include:

 Health education: beyond patient handouts
 Use of social media in health education and promotion
 Promoting healthy habits
 Health promotion recommendations by age group
 Obesity
 Cardiovascular disease prevention
 Diabetes prevention
 Cancer screening
 Health disparities
 Types of psychotherapy/counseling
 Exercise
 Smoking cessation
 Substance abuse
 Sexual health
 Contraception, particularly long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)
 Health promotion for postmenopausal women
 Management of unintended pregnancy
 Preconception care
 Interconception care and/or birth spacing
 Genetics
 Prevention of birth defects
 Environmental health
 Preventing teratogenic exposures during pregnancy

Other relevant topics are welcome. All types of articles will be considered. The deadline for initial manuscript submission is August 1, 2012.
Please send your proposed topic, type of article, and contact information to JMWH Editor-in-Chief Frances E. Likis, CNM, NP, DrPH, FACNM, at:

Journal info:

CFS: Place of Birth (Midwifery)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Midwifery: Place of Birth Submission deadline: 30 January 2012

Place of birth affects outcomes and life chances for women and families throughout the world and is an enduring topic for debate and challenge. As we move towards 2015, the year in which the 1990 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are set to be achieved, research and evidence about place of birth is highly relevant. The international journal Midwifery is publishing a Special Issue in October 2012 which will broaden the scope of existing approaches to place of birth and is inviting papers which report on research that may range from comparative policy analysis to a focus on frontline provision and embrace approaches from a range of disciplines outside maternal health care such as political sciences, law and ethics, cultural studies, geography and economics. For more information see the Editorial at (R McCandish & J Sandall, Vol 27, Issue 2, p. 113)

CFP: Nursing & Midwifery Conference

The Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is delighted to be celebrating its 31st Annual International Conference on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February 2012. The theme for the 2012 conference is “Nursing and Midwifery Practice in a Global Community: Collaborating and Networking for the Future”


We are leading the way in nursing & widwifery research and education and invite abstracts for the following strands:

  • Practice-based research across acute, non-acute and continuing care settings
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Management & Tissue Viability
  • Patient Safety & Safe Practice in Nursing & Midwifery
  • Neonatal & Paediatrics
  • Midwifery

Further information here:

Hesperian Foundation: Pure Water & Health Guides (Engl. & Spanish) for Chile

Descargas gratuitas para Chile/Free downloads for Chile

Hesperian Foundation provides healthcare relief workers in Chile with a variety of free downloadable English and Spanish guides to disaster health protection, including water purification, sanitation, environmental health, women’s health, and midwifery.

CFS: Pharmacology Issue of J Midwifery & Women’s Health

(JMWH) seeks submissions for its May/June 2011 issue , a special continuing education theme issue containing manuscripts specific to Topics On Pharmacology. The readers of JMWH are primarily clinically active health care providers, and we would like manuscripts that are applicable to clinical practice. This means that although we want articles that cite evidence or actually present research, it is essential that the reader can apply information into practice. Sample topics could focus on a single drug/drug category that is challenging or changing in clinical practice; or larger issues such as use of agents in special subgroups such as adolescents, postmenopausal women or others. We would be delighted to discuss you idea prior to you undertaking the writing of the manuscript. Simply contact us by email. Manuscripts would be due to us on June 1, 2010, although as guest editors we would be happy to receive drafts or questions at any time. JMWH is a peer-reviewed journal, and manuscripts are not guaranteed publication. The peer review process generally takes 8-12 weeks. You can expect to be notified about your manuscript by October 1, 2010. Final drafts of manuscripts accepted for publication will be due January 1, 2011. Submitted materials must conform to the Journal’s instructions for authors, which can be found at Please note that per policy of the Continuing Education Committee, who grants CEUs for the articles, no more than 25% of the references can be older than 5 years. Your manuscript should be submitted via the Journal’s online submission system located at . An electronic author agreement, which includes transferring copyright to ACNM, is sent after a manuscript is accepted for publication. Thank you again for your willingness to consider contributing to JMWH. This is really going to be a special issue and your contribution can add to its uniqueness.

Mary C. Brucker, CNM, PhD, FACNM, Associate Editor; Tekoa King, CNM, MPH, FACNM, Deputy Editor

  1. April 1, 2010: Manuscripts submitted to either Mary C. Brucker or Tekoa King by email
  2. May – July 2010: Peer review of articles
  3. August 1, 2010: Peer reviewer comments returned to authors with accept, revise and resubmit, or rejection letters
  4. August – October 2010: Manuscript final revisions by authors
  5. November 1, 2010: Final manuscripts to JMWH

CFS: Improving Safety in Maternity Care (Midwifery)

Call for papers to a special issue of Midwifery:

New approaches to researching and improving safety in maternity care

Deadline: 1 February 2010

The adverse impact of poor quality and unsafe care on women’s health and well-being is becoming an increasingly prominent concern for policy makers, clinicians and the public worldwide. In response to the global need to improve patient safety the World Health Organization formed the World Alliance for Patient Safety who have identified a global set of research priorities in relation to maternal and newborn care. However, the evidence base for many strategies remains limited and empirical evidence about the impact of many safety solutions when translated into the real world is very slim indeed. In essence, the field consists of much hope, anecdotal tales of the process of implementation but very little evidence of impact on outcome, or understanding of consequences (intended and unintended) of implementing safety solutions in complex organizations. It is clear that quality and safety is multi-disciplinary activity and that much can be learned outside of maternity and health care. In addition, the value that other theoretical perspectives can bring to illuminate understanding is great. As a result, we wish to commission a Special Issue of Midwifery which will broaden the scope of existing approaches to safety and quality of care by inviting papers which report on research that engages with work at the frontline and the organizational level, which uses methods that are sensitive to clinical and organisational complexity, and that displays awareness of the impact of the research process itself on healthcare delivery and organisation.

Midwifery is an international journal and we are keen to include papers from a wide range of countries, including non-western settings. Research foci might include the implications for safety and quality of care of research conducted at the micro, macro and meso level. Methods can include, among others, ethnographic observation; evaluation of complex interventions, narrative and discourse analysis; improvement methodologies, comparative research and the use of visual methods. In policy terms the special issue aims to contribute to informing the activities and strategies to improve the safety of maternal and newborn care by drawing on different and wider perspectives.

We would like to invite authors from a range of backgrounds who feel their work addresses the above methodological and contextual aims to submit their full manuscripts for consideration to Midwifery at  by 1 February 2010. When asked to choose article type, authors should select ‘‘Special Issue: Safety in Maternity Care’’, and in the ‘‘Enter Comments’’ box any further acknowledgements should be inserted. All submissions should meet Midwifery author guideline.

Click on this link to access the full call for submissions.