New, Breakthrough Guidelines Pave Way for Safer Labor and Birth
- New study shows that labor takes longer than previously believed, and it is safer in most cases for a woman to labor longer than for providers to push for cesarean birth.
- The emphasis throughout the report is on patience during labor, which is critical for the success of a vaginal birth.
- Providers should be better trained—and maintain their knowledge and education—in the practice of operative vaginal delivery methods (including forceps and vacuum delivery).
- The presence of labor support personnel, such as a doula, significantly reduces the incidence of cesarean.
- These new guidelines support what ICAN has been advocating for all along: safer, healthy, natural birth experiences for women, and a reduction of the incidence of cesarean birth.
Find the original ICAN post about the new guidelines here: