Henci Goer examines the just-released ARRIVE Trial to determine if there is new information compared to the study abstract that raises more questions or answers the old ones? What should birth professionals understand and share with consumers about the evidence to induce at 39 weeks?
Author and evidence-based maternity care expert Henci Goer, a frequent Science & Sensibility contributor, examines the abstract of the ARRIVE Trial (the only published material from the study available at this time) and shares with S&S readers her careful examination of the study's conclusions.
Making the rounds on the internet is a report of a new study that supposedly shows that epidurals don’t slow labor or increase instrumental vaginal or cesarean delivery. Henci Goer reviews the research.
The number of families that are choosing community birth (home or freestanding birth center) is increasing every year. What can healthy low-risk people do to avoid the interventions that make choosing a hospital birth potentially less safe for this specific population?
Laboring down - is it a good idea? Recent literature seems to indicate that it increases complications for both parent and baby, but is this conclusion based on good evidence? Researcher and writer Henci Goer takes a look at what the current research actually tells us on the topic of laboring down,