Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:52
As low birth weight and pre-term births continue their decade-long increase in the United States, dedicated health professionals are pushing back against these spiraling trends. In an effort to identify where improvements can be made, studying systematic reviews allows professionals, policymakers and parents to make better, evidence-based choices for birthing care. Many proven maternity care methods that have little or no adverse effects are currently underused compared to more expensive and unproven methods. The greater use of prenatal vitamins, smoking cessation programs, more natural birthing positions, delayed cord clamping and early mother-baby skin-to-skin contact have all been proven in systematic reviews to improve outcomes for mothers and babies. These methods also reduce the overall cost of having a baby, which currently tops the list of highest charges for any condition at a hospital. Choosing a natural birth using proven methods is the source of momentum to change our spiraling system.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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