Physiologic Labor, Research

Research on Pain in Childbirth

Hodnett ED. Home-like versus conventional institutional settings for birth (Cochrane Review) In this review, Hodnett found that a home-like setting for a birth center was associated with lower rates of intrapartum analgesia/anaesthesia (pain medication), augmented labour (using pitocin to “speed things up”),

Birth Planning, Research

Induction: An Annotated Bibliography

J. Christopher Glantz MD MPH (2003) Labor Induction Rate Variation in Upstate New York: What Is the Difference? Birth 30 (3), 168–174. Research Conclusions: Labor induction rates are highly variable among and within hospitals. Delivery volume, population risk status, and differences in cesarean

Birth Planning, Research

How effective is an epidural?

When it comes to relief of labor pain, everyone agrees epidurals are the best medication for the job. But when the question of how an epidural affects labor is asked, a variety of points of view compete for attention. In fact, there

Birth Planning, Research

Research about labor support

Hodnett ED, Lowe NK, Hannah ME, Willan AR, Stevens B, Weston JA, Ohlsson A, Gafni A, Muir HA, Myhr TL, Stremler R. Effectiveness of nurses as providers of birth labor support in North American hospitals: a randomized controlled trial. Nursing Supportive Care in

Preparation Exercises, Research

Perineal Massage

Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the perineum (skin between the anus and vagina) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. While this preparation is often cited as reducing perineal damage, research studies disagree on the effectiveness of perineal massage used during

Research

If you want to breastfeed get a midwife?

I’m still scanning through my pile of “read this as soon as I get a chance” materials and found a study that looked for associations between breastfeeding intent and provider type.  This is an example of a study that makes me say

Healthy Pregnancy, Research

Taking obesity seriously

When I first entered the world of natural birth I was educated to believe body weight had no effect on maternal or infant outcomes.  The organization I trained with was equally adamant that gestational weight gain was a useless measure that predicted nothing.