January 2019 International Journal of Childbirth Education Now Available

And a New Year Begins

by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD MSN RN IBCLC AHN-BC CHT

Happy New Year to all certified professionals and staff of ICEA. I wanted to take a moment to say a special thanks to Debra Tolson, RN BSN ICCE IBCLC CPST, our outgoing president. As journal editor I work with the entire board to ensure the journal is a product that changes with member needs and wants. Thank you for your leadership, accomplishments, and for leaving ICEA with a vision and pathway to continued improvement.

As we enter the new year, I reflect upon challenges our childbearing families will face. Some of the clients I see in prenatal education have been struggling with fertility issues for many years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], around 6% of women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 could not get pregnant after one year of attempting, and about 12% have difficulty becoming pregnant or carrying to term (2018). In developing countries, about one in four couples are affected by some form of infertility (World Health Organization, 2018). Causes of infertility can be complex and overlapping, but some of the more common causes include problems with ovulation, the menstrual cycle, reproductive system structure, hormones, and age-related factors (National Institutes of Health, 2018).

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