Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences

Eugene Declercq
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Gene Declercq combines formal training in political science with almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice related to childbirth in the US and abroad. His recent work in examining cesarean sections in the US and overseas has focused on maternal and infant morbidity associated with low risk cesareans and with repeat cesareans as well as the programmatic and policy influences on practices related to childbirth practices. This research has been supported as part of his work as a Robert Wood Johnson-funded Health Policy Investigator and by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. He has served as lead author of two national studies of women’s experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He was a technical advisor to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and has been one of the organizers of a project that has developed a 30 minute version of that documentary that, along with support materials he developed with students, can be used in college classrooms. He was also a producer and presenter of “Birth by the Numbers,” a 20 minute video that examines outcomes associated with current US birth practices. He is principal investigator on two NIH funded collaborative projects examining child and maternal outcomes associated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART project) and is one of the founders of the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) data system that links vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on almost 900,000 births in Massachusetts since 1998. He’s also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, including a current effort to develop a free volunteer based clinic to serve those without access to care. As an educator, he is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and has been a recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for outstanding teaching at BUSPH. He is currently the BUSPH Assistant Dean for DrPH Education and serves as chair of the DrPH Subcommittee of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean of Doctoral Education, DrPH Program, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine



  • Florida State University, PhD
  • Florida State University, MS
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MBA
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, BS


  • Published on 7/3/2018

    Hwang SS, Dukhovny D, Gopal D, Cabral H, Missmer S, Diop H, Declercq E, Stern JE. Health of Infants After ART-Treated, Subfertile, and Fertile Deliveries. Pediatrics. 2018 Jul 03. PMID: 29970386.

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  • Published on 6/22/2018

    Declercq ER, Cheng ER, Sakala C. Does maternity care decision-making conform to shared decision- making standards for repeat cesarean and labor induction after suspected macrosomia? Birth. 2018 Jun 22. PMID: 29934981.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E. In Reply. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 May; 131(5):934-935. PMID: 29652696.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E, Thoma ME. Making Vital Statistics Count: Preventing U.S. Maternal Deaths Requires Better Data. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 May; 131(5):759-761. PMID: 29630026.

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  • Published on 2/21/2018

    Vedam S, Stoll K, MacDorman M, Declercq E, Cramer R, Cheyney M, Fisher T, Butt E, Yang YT, Powell Kennedy H. Mapping integration of midwives across the United States: Impact on access, equity, and outcomes. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2):e0192523. PMID: 29466389.

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  • Published on 1/10/2018

    Seijmonsbergen-Schermers A, van den Akker T, Beeckman K, Bogaerts A, Barros M, Janssen P, Binfa L, Rydahl E, Frith L, Gross MM, Hálfdánsdóttir B, Daly D, Calleja-Agius J, Gillen P, Vika Nilsen AB, Declercq E, de Jonge A. Variations in childbirth interventions in high-income countries: protocol for a multinational cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2018 01 10; 8(1):e017993. PMID: 29326182.

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  • Published on 1/4/2018

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E. The failure of United States maternal mortality reporting and its impact on women's lives. Birth. 2018 Jun; 45(2):105-108. PMID: 29314173.

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  • Published on 1/4/2018

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E, Thoma ME. Trends in Texas maternal mortality by maternal age, race/ethnicity, and cause of death, 2006-2015. Birth. 2018 Jun; 45(2):169-177. PMID: 29314209.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Culler CS, Kotelchuck M, Declercq E, Kuhlthau K, Jones K, Yoder KM. A School-Based Dental Program Evaluation: Comparison to the Massachusetts Statewide Survey. J Sch Health. 2017 Oct; 87(10):784-789. PMID: 28876475.

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  • Published on 8/1/2017

    Plough AC, Galvin G, Li Z, Lipsitz SR, Alidina S, Henrich NJ, Hirschhorn LR, Berry WR, Gawande AA, Peter D, McDonald R, Caldwell DL, Muri JH, Bingham D, Caughey AB, Declercq ER, Shah NT. Relationship Between Labor and Delivery Unit Management Practices and Maternal Outcomes. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug; 130(2):358-365. PMID: 28697107.

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