There has been buzz about a study produced by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in 2014 and reaffirmed in 2016 about the benefits of continuous labor support during labor.
“Increasing women’s access to nonmedical interventions during labor, such as continuous labor support, also has been shown to reduce cesarean birth rates.”
These new guidelines encourage birth providers to re-examine some standard practices that might not benefit low risk mothers. It is important that ACOG is publishing information that supports more individualized labor care and re-examining practices that might impede more than aid labor. Working relationships improve as studies show doctors and other birth professionals that doulas have a positive impact during labor and delivery. More mothers hear about and hire doulas which means more mothers receive the benefits of having a supportive birth experience.
To read the statement from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists click here