Eugene R. Declercq, PhD
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

PhD, Florida State University
MS, Florida State University
MBA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pronouns: he/him/his



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 1,200,000 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.

Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology



2018 MCH Epidemiology Awards: Greg Alexander Award
2014 American Association of Birth Centers: Communication Award
2013 American Public Health Association: Martha May Eliot Award
2011 Partners in Perinatal Health: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Partners Award
2008 Harvard Medical School: 33rd Annual Joseph Garland Lecture
2003 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman Scotch Award


Reducing Racial Disparities in SMM post COVID19: Assessing the integration of maternal safety bundles and community based doulas to improve outcomes for Black women
09/17/2020 - 06/30/2025 (Subcontract PI)
Tufts - New England Medical Center NIH NIMHD
1R01MD016026-01

Methodological Issues in Maternal Mortality Research
01/01/2019 - 08/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
University of Maryland NIH NICHD
5R21HD095236-02

Trends and Causes of Maternal Mortality and Severe Morbidity in the United States: A Review of the Evidence and Charting a Path Forward
11/01/2019 - 10/31/2020 (PI)
The Commonwealth Fund


Maternal Attitudes toward Labor Induction in California
01/01/2019 - 07/30/2020 (PI)
Yellow Chair Foundation


Epidemiological MCH/SPH Institute
09/01/2015 - 05/31/2020 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
4 T03MC07646-12-04

MCH Research
04/01/2016 - 03/31/2018 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
6R40MC29444-01-03

Women's Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study
06/17/2011 - 03/31/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institutes of Health
5R01HD067270-05

Women’s Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population Based Study
06/17/2011 - 03/31/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
1 R01 HD067270 01

Epidemiological MCH/SPH Institute
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
5T03MC07646-09-01

Consultation for the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal Data System
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health Dept of Education


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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Reducing Racial Disparities in SMM post COVID19: Assessing the integration of maternal safety bundles and community based doulas to improve outcomes for Black women 5R01MD016026-02
2020 Reducing Racial Disparities in SMM post COVID19: Assessing the integration of maternal safety bundles and community based doulas to improve outcomes for Black women 1R01MD016026-01
2015 Women's Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD067270-05 29
2014 Women's Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD067270-04 29
2014 Child Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD064595-05 16
2013 Women's Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD067270-03 29
2013 Child Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD064595-04 16
2012 Women's Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD067270-02 29
2012 Child Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 5R01HD064595-03 16
2011 Women's Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study 1R01HD067270-01 29
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  1. Declercq E, Feinberg E, Belanoff C. Racial inequities in the course of treating perinatal mental health challenges: Results from listening to mothers in California. Birth. 2021 Aug 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34459012
     
  2. Roder-DeWan S, Baril N, Belanoff CM, Declercq ER, Langer A. Being Known: A Grounded Theory Study of the Meaning of Quality Maternity Care to People of Color in Boston. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2021 Jul; 66(4):452-458.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34240539
     
  3. MacDorman MF, Thoma M, Declercq E, Howell EA. Causes contributing to the excess maternal mortality risk for women 35 and over, United States, 2016-2017. PLoS One. 2021; 16(6):e0253920. PMID: 34185810; PMCID: PMC8241083; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253920;
     
  4. MacDorman MF, Declercq E. The Continuing Challenge of Measuring Maternal Mortality. Obstet Gynecol. 2021 05 01; 137(5):761-762. PMID: 33831926
     
  5. Edmonds JK, Declercq E, Sakala C. Women's childbirth experiences: A content analysis from the Listening to Mothers in California survey. Birth. 2021 06; 48(2):221-229.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33538003
     
  6. Adashi EY, Venkatesh KK, Gruppuso PA, Declercq ER. Reducing Maternal Mortality: The Measurement Imperative. Womens Health Issues. 2021 May-Jun; 31(3):198-200. PMID: 33279385
     
  7. Kennedy HP, Balaam MC, Dahlen H, Declercq E, de Jonge A, Downe S, Ellwood D, Homer CSE, Sandall J, Vedam S, Wolfe I. The role of midwifery and other international insights for maternity care in the United States: An analysis of four countries. Birth. 2020 12; 47(4):332-345. PMID: 33124095
     
  8. MacDorman MF, Thoma M, Declercq E. Improving US maternal mortality reporting by analyzing literal text on death certificates, United States, 2016-2017. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0240701. PMID: 33112910; PMCID: PMC7592741; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240701;
     
  9. Sakala C, Belanoff C, Declercq ER. Factors Associated with Unplanned Primary Cesarean Birth: Secondary Analysis of the Listening to Mothers in California Survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Aug 14; 20(1):462.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32795305; PMCID: PMC7427718; DOI: 10.1186/s12884-020-03095-4;
     
  10. Declercq E, Belanoff C, Iverson R. Maternal perceptions of the experience of attempted labor induction and medically elective inductions: analysis of survey results from listening to mothers in California. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Aug 12; 20(1):458.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32787802; PMCID: PMC7425604; DOI: 10.1186/s12884-020-03137-x;
     
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Visualizing the stark maternal health inequities in the United States

CNN 8/25/2021

Taking Action to Improve Maternal and Fetal Health

U. S. News & World Report 8/5/2021

Colorado aims to improve maternal health care with groundbreaking legislation

Boulder Weekly 8/5/2021

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Maternal Health Advocates Optimistic With Unified Congress, White House

U.S. News & World Report 1/20/2021

Women Have Few Options For Giving Birth On The South Side. 2 Midwives Want To Chance That.

WBEZ 9/1/2020

‘I brainwashed myself with the internet’

NBC News 2/21/2020

The CDC's updated maternal mortality stats show how far the U.S. has to go

Mic 1/31/2020

We finally have a new US maternal mortality estimate. It’s still terrible

VOX 1/30/2020

The extraordinary danger of being pregnant and uninsured in Texas

Vox 12/6/2019

7 Ways We Can Dramatically Improve Childbirth in America

Healthline 8/28/2019

How to Curb Maternal Deaths

MedPage Today 7/1/2019

One Twin’s Difficult Birth Puts a Project Designed to Reduce C-Sections to the Test

The Epoch Times 1/13/2019

Team Birth Project Is Proof That Communication Improves Birth Outcomes

Scary Mommy 12/23/2018

Twin's Difficult Birth Put A Project Designed To Reduce C-Sections To The Test

NPR Shots 11/24/2018

Dangerous Deliveries-Deaths and complications related to childbirth are trending up – but the tide may be turning

US News 9/11/2018

Maternal death rates are a key indicator of why the state of female health in the US is so terrible

QUARTZ 8/28/2018

Maternal deaths represent the canary in the coal mine for women’s health

STAT 8/22/2018

Texas' Maternal Mortality Problem Is Also A Data Problem, Study Finds

Kut 90.5 1/4/2018

Maternal Deaths Are Increasing in Texas, But Probably Not as Much as We Thought

Pro Publica 1/4/2018
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maternal mortality
Cesarean Section
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