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Dr. Rebecca Benfield (RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, CNM)

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
  • Office: 4165E Health Sciences Building
  • Phone: 744-6459
  • Email: benfieldr@ecu.edu

Research Interests

Hydrotherapy, Labor, Uterine Contractility, Physiologic Measurement


Courses Taught

Nurs 6610 Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice


Recent Publications

Research Abstracts

Benfield, R.D. (2002).  Plasma Catecholamine Levels as a Measure of Anxiety and Pain in Pregnant and Laboring Women.  In proceedings of the 11th Annual Collaborative Research Day.  Greenville North Carolina. Podium

Benfield, R.D., Newton, E. R., Johnson, T.A., & Hortobagyi, T. (2004).  Waterproofing EMG Instrumentation for Use with Hydrotherapy in Labor.  In Proceedings of the National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research.  Washington, D.C. Poster

Benfield, R.D., Newton, E. R., Johnson, T.A., & Hortobagyi, T. (2005).  Waterproofing EMG Instrumentation for Use with Hydrotherapy in Labor.  In Proceedings of the 14th Annual Collaborative Research Day.  Greenville, North Carolina. Poster

Benfield, R., Hortobagyi, T., Tanner, C., Swanson, M., & Newton, E. (2007).  The Psychophysiological Effects of Hydrotherapy on Anxiety and Pain in Human Labor.  In proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.  Reno, Nevada.  Reproductive Sciences (14)1 abstract 319, 2007 Poster

Benfield, R., Hortobagyi, T., Swanson, M., & Newton, E. (2007). 

Bathing, Culture and Hydrotherapy Use in Labor: Ethnographic and Subjective Methods.  In proceedings of the Western Institute of Nursing “50 Years of Advancing Nursing in the West”.  Portland, Oregon.  Poster

Benfield, R., Hortobagyi, T., Tanner, C., Swanson, M., & Newton, E. (2007).  The Psychophysiological Effects of Hydrotherapy on Anxiety and Pain in Human Labor.  In proceedings of the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium, Second Annual Symposium, Advances in Pain Research.  Bethesda, Maryland.  Poster

Benfield, R.D., Hortobagyi, T., Tanner, C., Swanson, M., Heitkemper, M., & Newton, E.R (2009) Hydrotherapy Reduces Pain and Anxiety without Affecting Measures of Glucose Metabolism in Labor.  In proceedings of the 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Poster

Lowry, A., Ormont, K., Andresky, T., Ciro, N., & Benfield, R., (2009) Adding an Extra Layer of Human Subject Protection to a Vulnerable Populations, “Students Revealing the World”, 2009 Research and Creative Achievement Week, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. (Awarded Best Undergraduate Research Poster in Biomedical Section) Poster

Benfield, R., Daniels, D., Buck, S, Swanson, M., & Newton E. (2010) Intrauterine Pressure Measurement of Contractility and Resting Tone Before and After Epidural Analgesia in Term Laboring Women With and Without Pitocin Augmentation.  19th Annual Collaborative Research Day, AHEC Monroe Center, Greenville NC. Poster

Benfield, R.D., Hortobagyi, T., Tanner, C., Swanson, M., Newton, E.R., & Heitkemper, M. (2010) Mixed Methods: Mechanisms of Hydrotherapy Intervention.  In proceedings of the 2010 National Congress on the State of the Science in Nursing Research.  Washington, D.C. Podium

Benfield, R., Daniels, D., Buck, S, Shepard, J., Salstrom, J. Swanson, M., & Newton E. (2011) Intrauterine Pressure Measurement of Contractility and Resting Tone Before and After Epidural Analgesia in Term Laboring Women With and Without Pitocin Augmentation. Women of Distinction Event, Women’s Issues: 100 years back, 100 days forward.  East Carolina University, Greenville NC. Poster

Benfield, R.D., Newton E.R., Hortobagyi T., & Garfield R.E. (2012) Measurement of External Uterine Electromyography (EMG) during the 1st Stage of Term Labor: A Pilot Study.  2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research.  Washington D.C. Poster

Benfield, R., Daniels, D., Buck, S, Shepard, J., Salstrom, J., Brigham, D., Edge, M., Swanson, M., & Newton E. (2013).  Intrauterine Contraction Patterns at Baseline and During the Pre-Epidural Intravascular Fluid Bolus in Term Labor.  Society for Gynecologic Investigation 60th Annual Scientific Meeting “Plasticity: Molecules to Motherhood and Beyond.” Orlando, Florida. Poster March 21, 2013.

Research Articles

Benfield, R.D., Herman, J., Katz, V.L., Wilson, S.P., & Davis, J.M.  (2001). Hydrotherapy in Labor.  Research in Nursing and Health 24. 57-67. PMID: 11260586.

Benfield, R.D., (2002).  Hydrotherapy in Labor.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship 34(4), 347-352. PMID: 12501738

Benfield, R.D., Newton, E.R., & Hortobagyi, T. (2007).  Waterproofing EMG Instrumentation Biological Research for Nursing 8(3), 195-201. PMID: 17172318

Benfield, R.D., Hortobágyi, T. Tanner, C., Swanson, M. Heitkemper, M. & Newton, E.R. (2010). The Effects of Hydrotherapy on Anxiety, Pain, Neuroendocrine Responses, and Contraction Dynamics during Labor.  Biological Research for Nursing Special Edition "Women's Health Across the Lifespan”12(1), 28-36. PMID: 20453024

Benfield, R. D., Newton, E. R., Tanner, C. J., & Heitkemper, M. M. (2013). Cortisol as a biomarker of stress in term human labor: Physiological and methodological issues. Biological Research for Nursing, doi: 10.1177/1099800412471580