Georgetown Nursing Student Published in Research Journal
An article by Georgetown student Yolanda Devereaux (G’14) explores the topic, “Doula Support While Laboring: Does it Help Achieve a More Natural Birth?”
Published in the April 2013 edition of the International Journal of Childbirth Education, the article examines the value of using a doula during childbirth and whether that support decreases the use of analgesics during labor and the likelihood of having a Caesarean birth.
According to the article, Caesarean birth leads to increased hospital time, a greater risk of postpartum infection, prolonged wound healing, and an overall extended recovery time for the woman. These births also increase health care costs and have an emotional and financial impact on the family.
Promoting Student Research
A close interaction among students and faculty in the learning and research environment is a cornerstone of a Georgetown University education.
Devereaux, a part-time student in the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, turned coursework for her Research Evidence and Best Practices in Health Care class into an opportunity to collaborate with a faculty member and be published in the journal. She worked with Debra Henline Sullivan, PhD, RN, CNE, COI, to complete the piece.
“It was suggested that I could publish alone since I had written the original, but some editing needed to be done and an abstract needed to be added,” Devereaux said. “I was willing to share the editing responsibility and have a co-author. Not to mention that I was also busy with classes … so I welcomed Dr. Sullivan as co-author.”
The Research Process
During the research process, Devereaux reviewed eight high-level articles and two systematic reviews.
Devereaux and Sullivan worked with the journal’s editors over the course of three months to make changes and necessary edits to the piece, exchanging many phone calls and sharing drafts via email.
“I will not forget the day that we put together the conclusion,” Devereaux said. “It was amazing how we were able to put our words together. What was even more amazing was that I was working with someone who has a doctorate and has published articles before, and she was collaborating with me to help compose the finished draft.”
A copy of the journal can be purchased and downloaded on the International Childbirth Education Association website.