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.

The ARRIVE study

Rebecca Dekker PhD, RN, APRN   The ARRIVE Trial This article was written on November 5, 2018, All Rights Reserved. Please read our Disclaimer and Terms of Use. Why did researchers conduct the ARRIVE trial? The researchers carried out the ARRIVE study (A Randomized...

Pain Management during Labor

In this video and article, we talk all about pain management during labor. You will learn the difference between “pain” and “suffering”, the approaches in pain management during labor and birth, and the types of pain management strategies.

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 >

 

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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Using a Doula for Pain Relief

Today's video is all about using a doula for pain relief! Are you familiar with birth doulas? Find out how they provide pain relief during labor and childbirth. Learn about the evidence for using a doula for pain relief. We'll also share some ways that you can locate a doula.

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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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