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.
Five tips for childbirth educators on teaching how to effectively push a baby out from Kathleen Donahoe, COO and co-owner of Oh Baby! Fitness. Learn how to help your students feel strong and confident when they get to the pushing phase.
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.
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,