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The data collected by members of OB COAP serve as an unparalleled source from which to ask innumerable research questions as well as to collaborate with other organizations and projects which have the potential to be enhanced by this rich data source and deep quality improvement network.  

OB COAP currently has over 170,000 clinically abstracted records in the data base and it continues to grow each day. We are involved in a number of collaborations and working with some of the foremost thought leaders in OB. Visit our Collaborations Page  for more information!  

Papers are being published, abstracts presented, and ongoing research is being conducted. Opportunities exist to be involved in research initiated by the OB COAP research committee or to submit applications for outside use of the data. Visit the Research Page  to find out more.  


Recently published  in the American Journal of Perinatology:

A Simple Approach to Adjust for Case-Mix When Comparing Institutional Cesarean Birth Rates Howbert JJ, Kauffman E, Sitcov K, Souter V


And in the November Green Journal is an article by a multidisciplinary research team at OB COAP finding that low-risk mothers in labor have fewer interventions and less cesarean deliveries when receiving care from midwives in hospitals compared to obstetricians. Read the article below:

Comparison of Midwifery & Obstetric Care in Low-Risk Hospital Births

Vivienne Souter, MD; Elizabeth Nethery, MSc, MSM; Mary Lou Kopas, MN, CNM, ARNP; Hannah Wurz, MSN, CNM ARNP; Kristin Sitcov, BS; Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD

Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 134, No.5, November 2019