Eugene R. Declercq, PhD
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, 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.

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

Methodological Issues in Maternal Mortality Research
01/01/2019 - 08/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
University of Maryland NIH NICHD

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

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 - 04/30/2020 (PI)
The Commonwealth Fund

Maternal Attitudes toward Labor Induction in California
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
Yellow Chair Foundation

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

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

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

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

Child Health After Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Population-Based Study
09/20/2010 - 05/31/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

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  1. Declercq E, Sakala C, Belanoff C. Women's experience of agency and respect in maternity care by type of insurance in California. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0235262.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32716927
  2. Seijmonsbergen-Schermers AE, van den Akker T, Rydahl E, Beeckman K, Bogaerts A, Binfa L, Frith L, Gross MM, Misselwitz B, Hálfdánsdóttir B, Daly D, Corcoran P, Calleja-Agius J, Calleja N, Gatt M, Vika Nilsen AB, Declercq E, Gissler M, Heino A, Lindgren H, de Jonge A. Variations in use of childbirth interventions in 13 high-income countries: A multinational cross-sectional study. PLoS Med. 2020 05; 17(5):e1003103. PMID: 32442207
  3. Cheng ER, Carroll AE, Iverson RE, Declercq ER. Communications Between Pregnant Women and Maternity Care Clinicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 May 01; 3(5):e206636.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32459352
  4. Declercq ER, Belanoff C, Sakala C. Intrapartum Care and Experiences of Women with Midwives Versus Obstetricians in the Listening to Mothers in California Survey. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2020 Jan; 65(1):45-55.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31448884
  5. Ranchoff BL, Declercq ER. The Scope of Midwifery Practice Regulations and the Availability of the Certified Nurse-Midwifery and Certified Midwifery Workforce, 2012-2016. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2020 Jan; 65(1):119-130. PMID: 31318150
  6. Cheng ER, Ranchoff B, Declercq ER. Distinguishing Subgroups in Opposition to Infant Immunization: Results From the Listening to Mothers III Survey. J Perinat Educ. 2019 Jul 01; 28(3):126-130. PMID: 31341371
  7. Vedam S, Stoll K, Taiwo TK, Rubashkin N, Cheyney M, Strauss N, McLemore M, Cadena M, Nethery E, Rushton E, Schummers L, Declercq E. The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States. Reprod Health. 2019 Jun 11; 16(1):77. PMID: 31182118
  8. Rydahl E, Declercq E, Juhl M, Maimburg RD. Cesarean section on a rise-Does advanced maternal age explain the increase? A population register-based study. PLoS One. 2019; 14(1):e0210655. PMID: 30677047
  9. MacDorman MF, Declercq E. Trends and state variations in out-of-hospital births in the United States, 2004-2017. Birth. 2019 06; 46(2):279-288. PMID: 30537156
  10. 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 11; 38(11):1457-1465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30166621
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maternal mortality
Cesarean Section
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