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ACOG’s NEW Recommendations on Limiting Interventions, with Sharon Muza
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #99
In this episode we talk about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ new recommendations on “Limiting Interventions during Labor and Birth”. Do you need to be continuously monitored? Does your bag of waters need to be broken? Do you have to hold your breath to push? How about IV fluids? It turns out that “many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit”, and it’s time to change things up. Sharon Muza tells us more. Check it out!
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What we talked about:
What’s so exciting about this Committee Opinion from ACOG?
Acknowledging the fact that how you feel about your birth matters
Acknowledging that each birth can be treated differently, not just as a sum of routine practices in a cookie cutter approach
Iatrogenic: relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment
If you’re not in active labor, stay home! (And how to know if it’s time to go)
How is active labor defined?
What if your water breaks and you are not in labor? Do you have to rush to the hospital?
How doulas help to lessen your need for interventions
To artificially break your bag of waters or not break? There’s an answer to that question
Does your baby’s heartbeat need to be monitored continuously?
There are other ways to relieve pain besides an epidural
Moving to feel better, moving to help baby into a better position
Holding your breath and counting to 10 while pushing is no better than doing something else
Don’t feel like pushing just yet? It’s OK to take a break
You don’t need IV fluids as a matter of fact; we’ll get back to you on the whole eating-during-labor thing
How Lamaze’s Healthy Birth Practices are ACOG approved (go Lamaze!)
This episode is brought to you by Natural Breastfeeding,
The other game-changing ‘Obstetric Care Consensus’ mentioned by Sharon ((where, among other great things, the first mention of considering 6 cms –instead of 4 cms– as the start of active phase of labor was mentioned):
Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE has been an active childbirth professional since 2004, teaching Lamaze classes and providing doula services to hundreds of couples through her private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is an instructor at the Simkin Center, Bastyr University where she is a birth doula trainer. Sharon is also a trainer with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. Sharon is a former co-leader of the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Seattle Chapter, and a former board member of PALS Doulas and Past President of REACHE. In September 2011, Sharon was admitted as a Fellow to the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. Sharon Muza has been the community manager, writer and editor for Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International’s blog for birth professionals, since 2012. She also is the blog manager DONA International and their blog DONA Doula Chronicles. Sharon was awarded Lamaze International’s Media Award in 2015, for promoting normal birth. Sharon enjoys active online engagement and facilitating discussion around best practice, current research and its practical application to community standards and actions by health care providers, and how that affects families in the childbearing year. Sharon has been a dynamic speaker at international conferences on topics of interest to birth professionals and enjoys collaborating with others to share ideas and information that benefit birth professionals and families. To learn more about Sharon, you are invited to visit her website, SharonMuza.com.