Introduction and History

Midwifery education and practice in Ontario is based on scientific evidence that draws on research from a variety of disciplines, including obstetrics, pediatrics, nursing, family medicine, epidemiology, economics, education, policy, women’s studies, anthropology and the basic sciences. Midwifery research has grown tremendously in last 20 years into its own discipline that focuses on normalizing physiologic birth. Today, there are numerous independent midwifery researchers across the world who are trained in epidemiology and research methods. Independent, high quality, peer-reviewed midwifery research is vital to the practice and continued growth of midwifery in Canada.

Since its inception in 1993 under founding director Dr. Karyn Kaufman, the McMaster Midwifery Research Unit has been instrumental in conducting original quantitative and qualitative research, including randomized controlled trials, longitudinal studies, education research, health systems analysis and basic research. In 2008, Dr. Eileen Hutton continued as Director of the MEP and expanded its research capacity by conducting large, multicentre randomised controlled trials, observational studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. We regularly collaborate with researchers at McMaster University in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Health Research Methods Evidence & Impact, the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) and the Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD).

The MacMidwifery Research Unit includes research faculty and staff working on a variety of studies featured here.

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