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 maternal mortality and morbidity in the US has emphasized the importance of systems approaches to improving women’s health. This requires a focus on women’s health in the community as well as in clinical settings and not only during pregnancy, but throughout the lifecourse. He is part of the collaborative team that has completed three national studies and a 2018 statewide study of women’s experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He was a technical adviser to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and a producer and presenter of “Birth by the Numbers,” a 20 minute video that examines outcomes associated with current US birth practices. With student collaborators, he developed and maintains the companion website, www.birthbythenumbers.org which provides up-to-date data on trends in childbirth practices and outcomes. He was 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 has linked vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on more than 1,100,000 births in Massachusetts since 1998. He has also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. 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 also a recipient of the Martha May Eliot Award from the American Public Health Association for service to maternal and child health and the Greg Alexander award for research in maternal and child health epidemiology. He is currently the BUSPH Assistant Dean for DrPH Education.
- 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 12/10/2018
MacDorman MF, Declercq E. Trends and state variations in out-of-hospital births in the United States, 2004-2017. Birth. 2019 Jun; 46(2):279-288. PMID: 30537156.
- Published on 8/30/2018
Dukhovny D, Hwang SS, Gopal D, Cabral H, Missmer S, Diop H, Declercq E, Stern JE. Length of stay and cost of birth hospitalization: effects of subfertility and ART. J Perinatol. 2018 Nov; 38(11):1457-1465. PMID: 30166621.
- Published on 8/20/2018
Hutchinson K, Bryant M, Bachman DeSilva M, Price D, Sabin L, Bryson L, Jean Charles R, Declercq E. Delayed access to emergency obstetrical care among preeclamptic and non-preeclamptic women in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 Aug 20; 18(1):337. PMID: 30126377.
- 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 08; 142(2). PMID: 29970386.
- 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 09; 45(3):236-244. PMID: 29934981.
- Published on 5/1/2018
MacDorman MF, Declercq E. In Reply. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 May; 131(5):934-935. PMID: 29652696.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 06; 45(2):105-108. PMID: 29314173.
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