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Evidence Based Birth

Evidence Based Birth provides in-depth evaluations of more than 25 controversial topics in childbirth. Some of the information may not be reliable due to poorly chosen clinical studies or improperly interpreted studies from appropriate studies. Many of the articles come to vague, incomplete conclusions, and much of the content must be purchased. This site is recommended as a limited source of information for expectant mothers and predominantly useful to those few who are familiar with interpreting medical studies.

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Review Date: 12/20/2019

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Ease of Use

The website is fairly intuitive to browse, in part because there isn't a whole lot of content to explore here. Buttons and links are prominently displayed, and category tabs are labeled appropriately. A major issue for visitors is the lack of free content, as much of the website is restricted to paying users.

Visual Design

The website features a professional yet playful visual design. Attractive colors, slick graphics, and a good use of negative space contribute to a pleasant visual experience.

Quality

The site's mission is to provide balanced, evidence-based materials on controversial issues in childbirth. Although the site attempts to be unbiased by presenting evidence summaries, some of the evidence is skewed toward the author's perspective or is poorly interpreted. References to the original scientific literature are cited, but many are quite old. The depth of analysis is good, but specific conclusions aren't always available. While it is common for this to be true in medicine, it will not help most users looking for answers.

Credibility

All content is authored by the website's founder, who holds advanced degrees in nursing, but does not appear to have training in obstetrics or pediatrics. Posting dates are included on articles and some have been recently updated.

Pros

  1. Easy to navigate and visually appealing
  2. In depth evaluations of over 25 controversial issues in childbirth using clinical studies to clarify them

Cons

  1. Evidence used as support is often unreliable or not representative of the original findings
  2. Several pages rely on confusing and/or misleading statistics
  3. The detailed and technical articles may only be useful for a limited number of non medical professionals
  4. Much of the extended information must be purchased; this same information is available elsewhere for free
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Sponsors / Affiliations: Independently owned and maintained

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Doula-locator tool, videos, blog, newsletter, online store

Languages: English

Contact: info@evidencebasedbirth.com