Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:09
Consumer Reports has supported the findings of a striking new review of maternity care. Several costly, unproven techniques are rising in the United States without a similar increase in positive outcomes. Some of the most troubling methods being used are induced labor (which has more than doubled from 1990 to 2005), epidural painkillers (with high rates of adverse effects, high fetal heart rate and low newborn assessments), electronic fetal heart monitoring (which has a high cost, but no proven positive outcome) and cesarean sections (accounting for a third of all U.S. births). More conservative practices have been found to cost-effective as well as helpful in raising the level of health in newborns. Some of these procedures are prenatal vitamins, the use of a midwife, upright and side-lying positions during delivery and early mother-to-baby skin contact. When considering how to effectively use birthing options in the U.S., it is important to consider these striking results.
consumerreports.org/health/medical-conditionstreatments/ pregnancy-childbirth/maternity-care/ overview/maternity-care.htm
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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