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Routine Elective Induction at 39 Weeks: Is It a Good Idea?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many obstetricians and some midwives had begun recommending routine elective induction, meaning no medical reason for inducing labor, at 39 weeks. With the onset of the pandemic, more practitioners are making that recommendation, and some are making routine [...]

Midwife vs Doctor? Midwives Are the Better Bet

When it comes to comparing outcomes with a midwife versus a doctor, research shows that in women with uncomplicated pregnancies, midwives are the better bet. Let’s look at the details of a recent study. Once we do that, I’ll explain why midwives do better than obstetricians when caring for [...]

Planning a VBAC? You’ll Do Better with a Midwife

A study finds that women planning VBAC feel more in control, are better supported emotionally, and use more options such as upright birth positions and water birth when attended by a midwife of their choice. The press release provides the highlights of the study’s results, but if you would like [...]

Why Childbirth U? What’s in It for You?

We’re back. Bigger and better than before. If you’re looking to find what will best promote your having a safe, healthy, satisfying birth and the tools to achieve it, you’ll find it at Childbirth U. We know what works best in labor and birth. The research is rock solid on this. We knew back in [...]

Too Many U.S. Cesareans: How Can You Avoid One?

According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. cesarean rate in 2018 was 32%, having held steady at 1 in 3 U.S. women for over a decade.27 Among 1st-time mothers who reached full term (37 weeks) with a single, head-down baby, 26%, or 1 in 4 women delivered via major [...]

Non-Medical Factors Drive the Decision to Perform Cesareans

A Newsweek article points to a systematic review (a study of studies) finding that doctors perform cesareans in the belief that it will protect them from being sued, but that isn’t the half of what the review found. The review revealed host of other non-medical factors as well. [...]

2017 U.S. Birth Statistics Head in the Wrong Direction

According to provisional U.S. data for 2017, after four years of inching downward from 32.9% in 2013 to 31.9% in 2016, the overall cesarean rate rose by a tenth of a percentage point to 32.0% in 2017. The pain (pun intended) wasn’t distributed evenly. The rate in white women was unchanged [...]

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