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Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Does the hospital where someone gives birth impact their chances of having a cesarean birth? Consumer Reports has raised this very question following an investigation into the c-section rates at hospitals across the country. We talked with Doris Peter, PhD, Director of Consumer Reports’ Ratings Center to find out more about their survey, the findings, […]

ACOG’s Update on Optimizing Postpartum Care Leaves Doulas Out

ACOG’s Update on Optimizing Postpartum Care Leaves Doulas Out

The contributions of doulas and the value of the support we provide has been recognized in 2014 in a joint statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and this year by the California Maternal Quality Care Coalition. Their focus is on the role doulas play during labor […]

6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

By Jen Kamel, Founder/Director VBAC Facts Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates have been slowly rising in America the last few years as more and more women become familiar with the option. (1; 2) However, our latest statistics reflect still that only 11% of women with a prior cesarean birth had a VBAC in 2014. […]

Best of the International Doula: The Pitfalls of Under-Supporting Early Labor:  A Complicated Story of Ethics and Client Emotional Well-Being

Best of the International Doula: The Pitfalls of Under-Supporting Early Labor: A Complicated Story of Ethics and Client Emotional Well-Being

By Kim James, BDT(DONA), ICCE, LCCE As a childbirth educator, birth doula, birth doula trainer and owner of DoulaMatch.net, I hear a lot of birth stories from parents about how their doula’s support made a world of difference. More infrequently, I hear stories about doulas who missed important opportunities to provide emotional support, leaving families […]

ACOG: OBs Can Prevent Lacerations During Vaginal Births

ACOG: OBs Can Prevent Lacerations During Vaginal Births

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a new Practice Bulletin “Prevention and Management of Obstetric Lacerations at Vaginal Delivery” providing guidelines and recommendations for care providers. This new Practice Bulletin replaces a previous Practice Bulletin, “Episiotomy” from 2006 and “Limitations of Perineal Lacerations as an Obstetric Quality Measure,” a Committee Opinion released […]

Is Homebirth Safe?

Is Homebirth Safe?

The safety of homebirth has been much discussed in the birth community over the last few months following the publication of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine at the end of 2015. At the upcoming DONA International Annual Conference, Dr. Michael Klein, a Family Physician, pediatrician, and neonatologist who has delivered more […]

Best of the International Doula: What Women Want … in a Doula

Best of the International Doula: What Women Want … in a Doula

Do you ever wonder what clients are really looking for in a doula? In this essay titled “What Women Want…In a Doula,” Anna Merrill shares her observations from her busy career. As the owner of a successful birth business in New York City, she’s seen a lot of prospective clients come through the doors, enough […]

ACOG:  OB-GYNs to be a Resource for Breastfeeding Women

ACOG: OB-GYNs to be a Resource for Breastfeeding Women

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued an updated Opinion from their Committee on Obstetric Practice on the role of obstetric care providers in supporting breastfeeding. In it, ACOG states that the offices of obstetric providers such as ob-gyns should be a resource for breastfeeding women including clinical management, triage of common nursing […]

New ACOG Opinion on Exercise in the Childbearing Year

New ACOG Opinion on Exercise in the Childbearing Year

There have been a number of articles around the Internet lately about exercise during the childbearing year. They have come as a result of a recent Opinion by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice on Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. So what does the Opinion […]

ACOG to OBs: Consider Operative Vaginal Delivery to Reduce Cesareans

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) issued an updated practice bulletin to their members supporting the use of operative vaginal delivery, which is birth using forceps or vacuum extraction, to reduce cesareans and improve outcomes. The full practice bulletin was published in the November issue of the journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is […]