Increasing IV Fluids in Labor: Medical-Model Thinking Strikes Again!

“Plenty of IV Fluids May Make Childbirth Safer, Easier,” enthuses the Philadelphia Inquirer, over a systematic review (a “study of studies” on a particular topic) finding that infusing IV fluids [...]


Systematic Review Finds Eating and Drinking in Labor to Be Benign

A Lamaze International internal e-newsletter points us to a new systematic review, meaning a study of studies on a particular issue, of nutritive oral intake vs. ice chips or water alone. In the [...]


ACOG Endorses Optimal Care—Sort Of

Abstract: Obstetrician-gynecologists . . . can help women meet their goals for labor and birth by using techniques that are associated with minimal interventions and high rates of patient [...]


Clinical Guidelines Endorse Physiologic Care in Labor

The Lancet has devoted an issue to maternal health that includes a systematic review of maternity care practice guidelines entitled: “Beyond too little, too late and too much, too soon: a pathway [...]


ASA Moves Toward Supporting Eating in Labor

A Giving Birth with Confidence post discusses a press release put out by the American Society of Anesthesiologists entitled “Most Healthy Women Would Benefit from Light Meal During [...]


A Lot to Like in Updated U.K. Labor Care Guidelines

Many recommendations in “Intrapartum care: care of healthy women & their babies during childbirth,” the latest version of National Institute for Health & Care Excellence [...]


Global Maternal & Child Health Organizations Publish Guidelines for Mother-Baby Friendly Birth Facilities

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), International Pediatric Association (IPA), and World [...]

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