Joint guidelines call for longer labor time to avoid C-sections

02/19/2014 | Medscape (free registration) · HealthDay News

In a bid to curb cesarean delivery rates in the U.S., the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine issued guidelines urging that more time be allowed for labor to progress for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. The guidelines, which will appear in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, also recommend expanding access to supportive, nonmedical interventions during labor. "Evidence now shows that labor actually progresses slower than we thought in the past, so many women might just need a little more time to labor and deliver vaginally instead of moving to a cesarean delivery," said Dr. Aaron Caughey, one of the guidelines' authors.

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