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Betty-Anne Daviss, RM, MA, is an Adjunct Professor, Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada. She has been a practising midwife for more than 30 years, and has been a clinical preceptor for students at the Midwifery Education Program, Ontario over the last decade and a half. She was project manager of the Safe Motherhood Program of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2004-2005 and was chair of the International Bureau of the Canadian Association of Midwives from 2001to2009. She has worked and written extensively on maternal health care systems abroad (e.g. Afghanistan, Central America, as well as the Canadian North among the Inuit). Involved in the legalization of midwives in Ontario and Quebec 1981-1993, her social science writing has focused on midwifery as a calling and social movement as much as a profession.

She is the co - principal investigator of the CPM2000 study, the largest prospective study of planned home births published in the BMJ (see links on this website). As well, she is a co-editor of Birth Models that Work (University of California Press, 2009) (http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520258914) with Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay and Jan Tritten.

Over the past four years she has been doing research to help bring back vaginal breech birth. Her most recent efforts involved organizing the scientific program for an extremely successful one-day Breech Birth Workshop and two-day Breech Birth Conference in Ottawa in October 2009 (http://www.breechbirth.ca/Conference.html) in coordination with the Ottawa-based Coalition for Breech Birth (http://www.breechbirth.ca/Welcome.html) that attracted over 250 midwives, OBs and mothers. Her most recent writing on the subject clearly demonstrates that the evidence does not support a policy of routine Cesarean Section for breech birth. (Daviss, BA, Johnson, KC, Lalonde A. Evolving Evidence Since the Term Breech Trial: Canadian Response, European Dissent, and Potential Solutions. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2010 Mar;32(3):217-24. was published in March 2010 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (http://www.sogc.org/jogc/backIssue_e.aspx?id=87)



Kenneth C. Johnson, PhD, is a senior epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada. He has worked in chronic disease epidemiology for more than 30 years. His risk assessment work has focused on cancer risks related to passive smoking, chlorination by-products in drinking water, physical activity and diet. His most important work has been in helping to establish the link between smoking, secondhand smoke and breast cancer, most recently as the pen on the Canadian Expert Panel Report on Tobacco and Breast Cancer Risk(2009) (http://www.otru.org/pdf/special/expert_panel_tobacco_breast_cancer.pdf) summarized in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control (In press, June 2010). He holds adjunct professorships in epidemiology at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University.

His interest in perinatal epidemiology has continued since he ran the Canadian birth defects registry in the late 1980s, and had a fellowship in 1991 at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford England, original home of the Cochrane Collaboration. He has written on limitations of randomized controlled trials in perinatal research (http://understandingbirthbetter.com/files/uploads/RCTs-as-Authoritative-Knowledge-Johnson-1997.pdf) and is the Co PI of CPM2000 study of 5,418 planned home births published in the BMJ (see links on this website). Over the past four years he has been doing research to help bring back vaginal breech birth. He is co-author on (Daviss, BA, Johnson, KC, Lalonde A. Evolving Evidence Since the Term Breech Trial: Canadian Response, European Dissent, and Potential Solutions. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2010 Mar;32(3):217-24. ) published in March 2010 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (http://www.sogc.org/jogc/backIssue_e.aspx?id=87). The article clearly demonstrates that the weight of evidence does not support a policy of routine Cesarean Section for all breech births.




Paul Weston is an Internet applications developer from Ottawa, Canada. He has over 15 years of experience in application development, particularly in web-based service delivery. Prior to the advent of the Internet, he was an electronic bulletin boards specialist, developing custom dial-up systems for the public and private sector.

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