Do You Know the Epidural* Rate in Your State?

Do You Know the Epidural* Rate in Your State?

In a study recently published by JAMA Network Open, researchers used U.S. birth certificate data for over 2 1/2 million women who labored in 2015 to analyze the use of neuraxial analgesia during labor in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. (The study authors did...
One step forward, one giant step backward

One step forward, one giant step backward

The long-awaited ARRIVE Trial was published in the August 9, 2018 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a joint press release with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) on August...
How to Reduce Epidurals by 65% and Cesareans by 44%

How to Reduce Epidurals by 65% and Cesareans by 44%

It has been about a year since a study out of Australia about childbirth education generated news reports around the world. In a randomized controlled trial (RCT), researchers at Western Sydney University compared outcomes of women who attended usual hospital...

Highlights from the ICEA Conference

For sure, the highlight for me was getting to meet (Dr.) Sarah Buckley. She presented three general sessions on her game-changing new report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies and Maternity Care to be published next month...