Limit Interventions for Low-Risk Pregnancy
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The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) recently issued
The opinion addresses many "hands off" practices that doulas have long promoted in pursuit of satisfying labors and healthy birth outcomes for mothers and babies.
While publication of these guidelines doesn't mean every health provider will automatically adopt them, it does offer pregnant persons a frame of reference when talking to their obstetrician or midwife.
The opinion affirms the benefit of continuous support (doulas!) and reasonable alternatives to common "intervention" practices like:
Automatic hospital admission for prelabor rupture of membranes
Management of early labor
Continuous fetal monitoring
Routine amniotomy (breaking bag of waters)
Eating and drinking in labor