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.
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?
Mindfulness is a new approach to preparing for childbirth that addresses fear and pain may improve self-efficacy in birth, may reduce the use of opiates in labor, and may prevent symptoms of postpartum depression. Lamaze and Mindfulness childbirth education may have a lot in common.
"Nonnie Talks about Pregnancy & Birth" is the fourth volume in the "Nonnie" series. The "Nonnie" series "seeks to open the door to parent or adult/child communication by addressing issues with sensitivity and warm." A must have book for any birth professional's library.
ACOG's new recommendations to avoid interventions aligns with the long established and evidence based Lamaze International Healthy Birth Practices. See how they stack up side by side in this post that compares the two.