mom and babyHow long did your labor take--or should it take? I've had three natural births in Rome, as in no epidurals, and the main reason I chose to forgo medication was because I was so worried about this very situation. I was afraid that with an epidural, labor wouldn't progress fast enough to suit the Italian medical guidelines and I'd end up with a C-section, possibly times three.
I didn't realize the same thing could've easily happened here in the U.S. until I read NPR's recent reported on new birthing guidelines. Obstetricians hope they will reduce the number of C-sections-and they're all about timing.
"Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation's obstetricians say."
The change comes, according to the piece, because about one-third of all births are cesareans, which is a 60 percent increase since the 1990s--though neither the healthRead More »from Doctors Advise Longer Labor to Avoid C-Sections