In this episode we talk about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ recommendations on “Limiting Interventions during Labor and Birth”. Do you need to be continuously monitored? Does your bag of waters need to be broken? Do you have to hold your breath to push? How about IV fluids? It turns out that “many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit”, and it’s time to change things up. Sharon Muza tells us more. Check it out!
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- The full text for ACOG’s Committee Opinion on the “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth”
- The other game-changing ‘Obstetric Care Consensus’ mentioned by Sharon ((where, among other great things, the first mention of considering 6 cm– instead of 4 cm– as the start of active phase of labor was mentioned):
- About that wooden spoon award, and routine OB practices: Discovering the need for randomized controlled trials in obstetrics: a personal odyssey. JLL Bulletin: Commentaries on the history of treatment evaluation, by David Grimes
- New ACOG Committee Opinion Aligns with Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, by Sharon Muza
- Laboring Down: Is It a Good Idea? – Henci Goer Provides a Research Update, Science & Sensibility blog
- “Most healthy women would benefit from light meal during labor”, American Society of Anesthesiologist’s Press Release, that was then backpedaled
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About Sharon Muza
Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE has been an active childbirth professional since 2004, teaching Lamaze classes and providing doula services to hundreds of couples through her private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is an instructor at the Simkin Center, Bastyr University where she is a birth doula trainer. Sharon is also a trainer with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. Sharon is a former co-leader of the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Seattle Chapter, and a former board member of PALS Doulas and Past President of REACHE. In September 2011, Sharon was admitted as a Fellow to the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. Sharon Muza has been the community manager, writer and editor for Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International’s blog for birth professionals, since 2012. She also is the blog manager DONA International and their blog DONA Doula Chronicles. Sharon was awarded Lamaze International’s Media Award in 2015, for promoting normal birth. Sharon enjoys active online engagement and facilitating discussion around best practice, current research and its practical application to community standards and actions by health care providers, and how that affects families in the childbearing year. Sharon has been a dynamic speaker at international conferences on topics of interest to birth professionals and enjoys collaborating with others to share ideas and information that benefit birth professionals and families. To learn more about Sharon, you are invited to visit her website, sharonmuza.com.
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