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Have you ever seen the National Guideline Clearinghouse?  This is a place to go to help you determine what type of care is evidence based.  For example, read through the guidelines for prenatal care and after all the other explanations you will find the following recommendations:

Practices to Consider Discontinuing

  • Cervical assessment
  • Pelvimetry
  • Routine urine dipsticks and routine urinalysis
  • Routine evaluation for edema
  • Routine testing for cytomegalovirus (CMV), parvovirus, toxoplasmosis
  • Routine nutritional supplements
  • Routine testing for bacterial vaginosis

Interesting, is it not?  What a great tool for helping families decide if the care they are receiving is actually the best quality.

Enjoy!

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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