Esther Shoemaker

Doctoral Students
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  • Programme:
    Doctoral Programme in Population Health, University of Ottawa (2009-2016)
  • Project Title:
    Childbirth Decision Making: Influences on Rates of Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC)
  • Project Description:
    An examination of micro, meso and macro level factors that influence proportions of vaginal birth after Caesarean section in order to inform interventions that try to reduce proportions of repeat Caesarean sections.
  • Research Projects:
    An interdisciplinary, multifaceted intervention to reduce caesarean section rates in a low risk population. We are evaluating a complex intervention that is being implemented by Markham Stouffville Hospital and Queensway Carleton Hospital to reduce their proportions of Caesarean sections and inductions.
  • Where you are now?:
    PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, Institute of Population Health; lecturer in Sociology at Brandon University
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Publications & Presentations

  • Peer-reviewed Publications
    • Shoemaker, E.S., Rolfe, D., Cameron, C., & Bourgeault, I.L. The CAesarean Section REduction (CARE) Strategy: Sharing the Success of an Innovation Transfer. Healthcare Management Review. Submitted June 5, 2014.
    • Shoemaker, E.S. (2012). Myth: C-sections are on the rise because more mothers are asking for them. Journal of Health Services and Policy Research, 17(1), 63-64.
  • Non-refereed Publications
    • Shoemaker, E., Rolfe, D., Neiterman, E., Walji, R., Bourgeault, I., & Hutton, E. (2013). Health Care Providers' Experiences with MSH-CARES. PHIRN Working Paper Series.
    • Rolfe, D., Shoemaker, E., Bourgeault, I., & Hutton, E. (2013). Evaluation of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Birth Options Session. PHIRN Working Paper Series.
    • Shoemaker, E., & Rolfe, D. (2012). Reducing Caesarean Section Among Low-Risk Mothers: Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary, Multifaceted Intervention Strategy at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Perinatal Perspectives, 2(1), 2-3.
    • Baum, E. (2006). The Perfect Body: A Comparable Study of Modern Western and Ancient Egyptian Women. Ecclectica, Women on Women. Available from Brandon University at http://www.ecclectica.ca/issues/2006/1/index.asp?Article=22
  • Presentations
    • Shoemaker, E., & Bourgeault, I. (2014). CARE: An Evidence Based Strategy to Reduce Caesarean Section Rates for Low Risk Women. Optimizing Childbirth Across Europe Conference. Brussels, Belgium (April 10).
    • Shoemaker, E., Cameron, C., Stirling, D. & Vanbesien, J. (2014). Caesarean Section After the Hospital: Public Health Perspectives on the CARE Strategy. CHNET-WORKS! Webinar. (April 02).
    • Shoemaker, E. (2013). Power/Knowledge and Pathological Birth: A Foucauldian Analysis of the Rise of Caesarean Sections." Qualitative Analysis Conference 2013. Ottawa, Ontario (May 23).
    • Shoemaker, E. & Cameron, C. (2013). An Interdisciplinary, Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Caesarean Section Rates in a Low Risk Population: A Process and Outcome Evaluation. Association of Ontario Midwives - Putting Evidence into Practice. Sudbury, Ontario (February 11).
    • Shoemaker, E. (2013). Giving Birth to the Ottawa Birth Centre. Institute of Population Health Research Coordination Meeting (February 5).
    • Bourgeault, I., & Shoemaker, E. (2012). An Interdisciplinary, Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Caesarean Section Rates in a Low Risk Population. Association of Ontario Midwives - Putting Evidence into Practice: A Midwife-Led, Evidence Based Approach to Reducing the C-Section Rate in Ontario. Kitchener, Ontario (November 15).
    • Shoemaker, E. (2012). Prenatal Genetic Testing: The Routine Assessment of a Life Worth Living. Third Biennial Bilingual CSSH Conference: Sociological Contributions to Health Equity. Ottawa, Ontario (October 26).
    • Shoemaker, E., & Rolfe, D. (2012). MSH-CARES: Markham Stouffville Hospital – Caesarean Section Reduction Strategy. Institute of Population Health Research Coordination Meeting. Ottawa, Ontario (September 11).
    • Shoemaker, E. (2012). Eine Intervention zur Senkung der Kaiserschnittrate. Kaiserschnitt oder Natuerliche Geburt – Erkenntnisse aus Kanada. Elisabeth Krankenhaus. Neuwied, Germany (September 17).
      Shoemaker, E., Bourgeault, I., Hutton, E., Rolfe, D., Forget, E., Dunn, S., Neiterman, E., Walji, R., & Eldred, S. (2012). Poster
    • Presentation: MSH-CARES: Markham Stouffville Hospital – Caesarean Section Reduction Strategy. SOGC 68th Annual Clinical Meeting 2012. Ottawa, Ontario (June 23).
      Shoemaker, E. (2012). MSH-CARES: the Markham Stouffville Hospital – Caesarean Section Reduction Strategy. Champlain
    • Maternal Newborn Regional Program 2nd Annual Maternal Newborn Conference 2012. Ottawa, Ontario (May 18).
      Bourgeault, I., & Shoemaker, E. (2012). An Interdisciplinary, Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Caesarean Section Rates in a Low Risk Population: A Process and Outcome Evaluation. Association of Ontario Midwives - Putting Evidence into Practice: A Midwife-Led, Evidence Based Approach to Reducing the C-Section Rate in Ontario. Ottawa, Ontario (January 20).
    • Bourgeault, I., Cameron, C., & Shoemaker, E. (2011). A Process and Outcome Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary, Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Caesarean Section Rates in a Low Risk Population. Beyond Boundaries: Midwifery's First Joint North American Conference. Niagara Falls, Ontario (November 12).
    • Bourgeault, I., Cameron, C., & Shoemaker, E. (2011). An Interdisciplinary, Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Caesarean Section Rates in a Low Risk Population: A Process and Outcome Evaluation. Ontario Hospital Association Maternal and Newborn Care Conference. Toronto, Ontario (September 20).
    • Shoemaker, E. (2010). Women's Interpretations of Medicalized Childbirth. Normal Labour and Birth Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia (July 22).
    • Baum, E. (2008). Medicalized Childbirth: Experiences and Attitudes of Canadian Women. Qualitatives Conference 2008. Fredericton, New Brunswick (May 23).
    • Baum, E. (2007). Giving Birth: Experiences and Attitudes towards Methods of Delivery. Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Student Works-in-Progress Conference. Ottawa, Ontario (November 23).

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