April 21, 2017

Henci Goer and ACOG’s “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth”

This week on Yoga | Birth | Babies, I interview  award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, Henci Goer.  Henci and I discus the new ACOG (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) statement “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth.”  Expectant mothers and birth workers will find this conversation enlightening and important.

In this episode:

  • General thoughts on the new ACOG statement “Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth.”
  • The new benchmark for describing early labor, shifting from the traditional 0-3 cm to 0-6cm.  Is this concept being put into action?
  • Understanding and interpreting of the suggestion for Term Premature Rupture of the Membranes. Will it lessen immediate intervention for low risk women?
  • Applying the recommendation for intermittent monitoring as the gold standard of care.
  • What does ACOG mean with their statement about nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic techniques. Pain is subjective and coping skills vary, can scientific date really quantify how a woman is coping with nonpharmocogical pain managements?
  • Second stage birth positions.  Can women and care providers work together to explore other birthing positions other then the traditional position of on their back
  • “Laboring down”, an explanation of what that and Henci’s interpretation of this in the ACOG statement.
  • Using the new guidelines from ACOG to help women advocate for herself in a traditional hospital setting
  • Places our community can find Henci and learn more about what she is up to!

Fact Sheet from Childbirth Connection:  New Professional Recommendations to Limit Labor and Birth Interventions: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

More about Henci:

Henci Goer, award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her first book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, was a valued resource for childbirth professionals. Its successor, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, won the American College of Nurse-Midwives “Best Book of the Year” award. Goer has also written The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, which gives pregnant women access to the research evidence, as well as consumer education pamphlets and articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals; and she posts regularly on Lamaze International’s Science & Sensibility. Goer is founder and director of Childbirth U, a website offering narrated slide lectures at modest cost to help pregnant women make informed decisions and obtain optimal care for themselves and their babies.

Childbirth U:  https://www.childbirth-u.com

Twitter: @HenciandAmy




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