The midwifery profession is increasingly applying the results of evidence-based research findings. Several researchers were asked if they would answer questions regarding the essential research skills necessary for midwives. the relevance of applying valid evidence to practice, and concerns regarding evidence-based practice overall. The objectives were to share expert researchers' responses that could be used by educators to help introductory midwifery students understand the importance of developing skills in assessing "the best evidence" and to stimulate interactive discussion in the classroom. Consideration of the expert opinions stimulated student thinking on the relation of evidence-based findings to practice in an exciting approach characterized by inquiry and debate, which got favorable responses and evaluations from the students. (C) 2003 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.