Amazing Lamaze educator Mallory Emerson is back again this month with a creative and fun "Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators" activity that effectively teaches the events of late pregnancy with some anatomy, hormones and more thrown in, all wrapped up with a lot of interactivity and fun.
"Effect of Immediate vs Delayed Pushing on Rates of Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery Among Nulliparous Women Receiving Neuraxial Analgesia: A Randomized Clinical Trial" - a deeper dive to see if its conclusions hold up to closer scrutiny.
The Lancet Series shows that the global rate of cesarean birth has doubled in the past 15 years to 21%, and is increasing annually by 4%. It is estimated that there are 6.2 million unnecessary cesareans done each year. China and Brazil together make up half of this number.
A new study suggests there is no need to labor down with an epidural and supports immediate pushing after complete dilation with no change in cesarean rates or need for forceps or vacuums, with some benefits to parent and baby.
This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators post is all about positions that a laboring person can use during the first stage (labor) part of birth. Learn about UFOs for labor (upright, forward-leaning and open) in this class activity.