International Journal of Childbirth (IJC)

IJC is the official Journal of the International Confederation of Midwives. It is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal publishing original research, reviews, and case studies concerned with the practice of midwifery, women's health, prenatal care, and the birth process.

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The journal encourages the exploration of the complex and contextual issues surrounding childbirth provision and outcomes and invites manuscripts from a wide range of clinical, theoretical, political, methodological, psychological, public health, policy, and multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.

IJC CoverThe journal is of interest to midwives, maternity care & neonatal nurses, maternity service users, obstetricians, neonatologists, paediatricians, physiologists, health sociologists, physiotherapists, health economists, biologists and psychologists with an interest in maternal and infant research, maternity service policy makers and managers, doulas and traditional birth attendants, childbirth educators, and students of maternity care.

The Editors are: Denis Walsh, PhD, RM and Kerri D Schuiling, PhD, CNM, NP, FACNM, FAAN. 

The International Board of Editors and contributing authors provide accessible, evidence based articles that provide a forum for research, theoretical insights, accounts of practice innovations and the organization of care from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The journal mission is to:

  • disseminate original research, theoretical insights, and accounts of practice-based innovations and organization of care. 
  • provide a forum for exploration, debate, and critique in childbirth research, education, and practice. 
  • promote multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives in the examination of childbirth experience and knowledge. 
  • actively promote research, education and practice activity in neglected areas such as normal birth, measurement of well-being as opposed to pathology, indigenous childbirth practices and culture, and the public health consequences of childbirth.
  • to disseminate original case studies of normal, though unusual, births with a significant reflective component.

Submit a Manuscript

Manuscripts for publication in the International Journal of Childbirth should be submitted online using Editorial Manager.

The following presentation style should be observed when submitting manuscripts:

  • Clinical and Basic Science Research articles should include an Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Case History (if applicable), Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
  • Review articles should provide a comprehensive synthesis of the available information on their chosen topic. They must include headings and reference citations.
  • Case Reports should be brief reviews of either typical or atypical births and should include an Abstract, Introduction, Case Report data and findings, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
  • Personal Narratives should be first-hand accounts of childbirth experiences. References are not required but may be included when needed to support data or quotations from published sources.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which should be consulted for matters of style and formatting, including text, references, and tables.

  • Length: Submissions are generally expected to be 15 to 25 pages in length; however, the journal considers manuscripts that are longer or shorter.
  • Cover Page: A cover page separate from the main manuscript must include the article’s title and the names, academic degrees, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses of each of the contributing authors.
  • Abstract: Research articles, review articles, and case reports should include an abstract of between 125 and 200 words that concisely states the article’s purpose, the study design, major findings, and main conclusion.

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