Research To Help In Your Decision Making

Providing YOU with Evidence Based Information so YOU can make empowered decisions. Topics include:

  • Induction
  • Due dates
  • Membrane sweeps
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Group B Strep in pregnancy
  • Failure to progress
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Eating and drinking during labor
  • IV fluids during labor
  • Saline lock during labor
  • Laboring down
  • Delayed cord clamping
  • Pineapple for naturally inducing labor
  • Red raspberry leaf tea-inducing labor
  • Nipple stimulation-inducing labor
  • Can eating dates help shorten labor?
  • Vitamin K
  • Erythromycin eye ointment
  • Waterbirth
  • Birthing positions
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Breech version

*contact Rebecca for more information, or go to :  https://evidencebasedbirth.com/resources-for-parents/ 

Top 5 Myths about birth - DEBUNKED!

1. Big baby is not an evidence-based reason for induction or c-section

1 in 3 birthing persons in the U.S. is told that the baby is "too big" at the end of pregnancy. But in reality, only 1 in 10 babies are born big. Ultrasounds and clinicians are notoriously inaccurate when it comes to their ability to predict a big baby (Chauhan et al. 2005).  And the "guessing" of your baby's weight by these same professionals is wrong 50% of the time!

2. Its safe to eat and drink during labor. REALLY!

Birthing persons are often restricted from eating and drinking during labor. Why? Because of the "risk" or fear of needing an emergency c-section and aspirate. The fact is that maternal death rates that occurred in the U.S. between 1979 and 1990, the risk of aspiration during c-section was 0.667 per one million birthing persons, or approximately 7 events in 10 million births!  Evidence does not support starving women in labor. Hospital restrictions of eating and drinking during labor is NOT evidence based.

3. Once a Cesarean does NOT mean always a Cesarean.

When discussing a VBAC with care providers, only 37% of those providers spent some or a lot of time talking about the benefits of a VBAC, yet only recommended VBAC 12% of the time. 39% of birthing persons that desire a VBAC cannot find a supportive care provider or hospital; limiting options to mandatory surgery.

4. You do NOT have to give birth laying on your back

68% of U.S. birthing persons give birth lying on their backs or in a semi-sitting or lying position. Does evidence support routine use of back-lying pushing position? No. Birthing persons should be able to push in any position they find comfortable.

5.Provider (or midwife)"won't allow you" is false. You have the right to speak up for what you want

The legal authority of in the birthing room is the birthing person. Use your voice to share that this kind of language is not only paternalistic, it's just NOT accurate.


*For more detailed information, visit evidencebasedbirth.com