Evidence and Ethics on: Circumcision

Male circumcision is defined as the partial or total surgical removal of the foreskin (also called prepuce), which is specialized tissue that covers the head (or glans) of the penis.

In this article, we explore the research evidence as well as the ethical debate around routine circumcisions performed on newborn males.

Evidence on: Induction for Gestational Diabetes

Some providers encourage people with gestational diabetes (GDM) to plan elective induction at early term since they are at increased risk of complications from high blood sugar. Is this an evidence-based recommendation? Find out in our new article all about induction for gestational diabetes!

Comparing the 2014 and 2016 ACOG and AAP Statements about Waterbirth

How has the 2016 ACOG/AAP statement on waterbirth changed since 2014? How has it not changed? We examine these statements side by side and look for key differences and similarities.

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes and the Glucola Test

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Most people in the U.S. drink “Glucola” as part of a routine screening test for GDM. This article will explain the evidence for diagnosing gestational diabetes, and discuss the potential risks linked to the condition, as well as the potential benefits from treatment.

Hello! My name is Rebecca Dekker, and I am a nurse with my PhD and the founder of Evidence Based Birth®. For decades, the vast majority of birth research evidence has been locked away in medical journals. I believe in putting the evidence back in the hands of the people who need it the most: birthing people and their and families.  Learn More >

 

Effects of Epidurals on the Second Stage of Labor

Today's video is all about the effects of epidurals on the second stage of labor, or the pushing phase. We will look at the research to see if epidurals lengthen the second stage or make no difference. The findings from a new study in China may surprise you!

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Effects of IV Opioids during Labor

In this video and blog post you will learn all about the effects of IV opioids during labor. Which types of drugs are commonly used? How are they different? We will discuss potential side effects and summarize the pros and cons.

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Nitrous Oxide During Labor

In this video you will learn about nitrous oxide gas and how it can be used during labor for pain relief. We discuss the research evidence on nitrous oxide during labor and the main pros and cons of this approach to pain management.

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Positions during Labor and their Effects on Pain Relief

What are the potential benefits of movement and upright positions during labor for pain relief? We'll go over the evidence, including what studies have found about the effectiveness of birth balls and dance labor. We'll also discuss several professional guidelines on movement and positions during labor.

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Painless Birth and Pain Perception During Childbirth

Do we have research evidence on how often painless birth occurs? We will discuss what we found and go over the evidence on factors that can shape pain perception during childbirth. We'll also look at the complex relationship between effective pain relief during labor and maternal satisfaction with the birth...

Water Immersion during Labor for Pain Relief

In this video, we discuss hydrotherapy in a tub, birth pool, or shower as a pain relief option during labor and/or birth. Does water immersion during labor provide effective pain relief? Is it commonly used? We go over the research evidence as well as recommendations from several professional organizations.

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Signature Articles:

Our Signature Articles are the foundation of Evidence Based Birth. We spend a tremendous amount of time on the research, preparation, writing and presentation of each article, as well as course development surrounding these topics. They are peer reviewed by experts in the field. Signature Articles are updated regularly, with each edition covering a thorough dive into all new evidence. Our blog articles are released more frequently, and cover more specific aspects of a given topic. We use print, podcast and video to convey these up-to-date glimpses into hot topics, and may use our research in these areas to springboard into more in-depth examination in future Signature Articles. In all – we do our absolute best to bring you the latest evidence on every topic we cover.

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