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Steve Calvin, M.D.

Associate Scholar

Steve Calvin, B.S., M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Clinical Scholar track in the Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Health.  From 2000 to 2016 he was co-chair of the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Dr. Calvin is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1980 he received his M.D. degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

After completing a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota he fulfilled a National Health Service Corps scholarship commitment at the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center in Tucson.  He then completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Calvin has performed basic science and clinical research during his career.  He has also spoken at ethics conferences and scientific conferences around the country.  In the spring of 1996, in response to an invitation from Rep. Henry Hyde, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on advances in perinatal medicine since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

Dr. Calvin has 35 years of experience in caring for mothers and babies with the entire range of pregnancy concerns.  In 2010 he and midwife colleagues founded the Minnesota Birth Center.  He strongly supports pregnancy care for low-risk mothers provided by nurse midwives in birth centers and hospitals. He believes that health care reform should start where we all did – with pregnancy and birth, and that all mothers deserve comprehensive team-based care for a single package price.  To that end he developed the BirthBundle®, a bundled clinical care and payment model for maternity and newborn care.  He blogs at www.pregnant-pauses.org.

Latest Research & News

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines | September 30, 2020

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]

  • Q&A with the Scholars: Practicing Maternal and Fetal Medicine | January 3, 2017

    Pregnancies are the most momentous event in our lives—both for those who are born and for those who become mothers, when they give birth. Pregnancy is most often a normal life event. But even normal pregnancy and birth can become complicated and can lead to harm to the mother and the baby. The challenge is to provide care that recognizes these two realities.

  • Induced Abortion and Risk of Subsequent Preterm Birth | December 1, 2012

    This report examines the growing body of large, population-based studies which have shown elective pregnancy terminations in the first and second trimesters to be associated with an increased risk of subsequent spontaneous preterm birth.