Giving Birth Based on Best Evidence

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Evidence on the Safety of Water Birth

The Evidence on Waterbirth
In April 2014,  waterbirth—an alternative method for pain relief in which a mother gives birth in a tub of warm water—made national headlines. The event that pushed water birth safety into the spotlight was a joint Opinion Statement from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy […]

By |July 10th, 2014|Evidence based practice, Tearing, Waterbirth|Comments Off|

Evidence for the Vitamin K Shot in Newborns

March 18, 2014 by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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Vitamin K deficiency bleeding, thought to be a problem of the past—has been recently thrust back into the spotlight. During an 8-month period in 2013, five infants were admitted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, with […]

Failure to Progress Class and Giveaway

Keep reading to find out how you can take a class on Friedman’s Curve and Failure to Progress!
The GIVEAWAY is at the bottom of the post, so keep reading to find out how you can enter.
But first, watch your sneak preview here:

Did you know?
Failure to Progress is the number one cause of C-sections […]

By |January 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off|

Evidence for using Moxibustion to turn Breech Babies

November 11, 2013 by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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Approximately 3-4% of babies are in a breech position (bottom-down) at the end of pregnancy. Most women who have a baby in breech positioning have limited options for how they can give birth, with the majority (90% in the […]

By |November 11th, 2013|Breech positioning, Evidence based practice|Comments Off|

Evidence Based Birth Class on Suspected Big Babies

Keep reading to find out how you can take a class on suspected big babies!

Did you know?
One in three pregnant women is told she is going to have a big baby.
But in reality, only 1 in 10 babies is born big.

In fact, there are a lot of “myths” out there about big babies– and […]

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    Friedman’s Curve and Failure to Progress: A Leading Cause of Unplanned C-sections

Friedman’s Curve and Failure to Progress: A Leading Cause of Unplanned C-sections

August 28, 2013 by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
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“Failure to progress” is the number one reason for unplanned C-sections in the U.S.

In 2013, researchers published a report of 38,484 first-time C-sections that occurred among a national sample of women. The overall C-section rate among […]