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Promoting, Protecting, and Supporting Normal Birth: A Look at the Evidence
Article first published online: 22 JAN 2008
2008, AWHONN, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 94–105, January/February 2008
How to Cite
Romano, A. M. and Lothian, J. A. (2008), Promoting, Protecting, and Supporting Normal Birth: A Look at the Evidence. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 37: 94–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2007.00210.x
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 22 JAN 2008
- Accepted April 2007
- Labor support;
- Obstetric intervention;
- induction of labor;
- spontaneous labor
Interfering with the normal physiological process of labor and birth in the absence of medical necessity increases the risk of complications for mother and baby. Six evidence-based care practices promote physiological birth: avoiding medically unnecessary induction of labor, allowing freedom of movement for the laboring woman, providing continuous labor support, avoiding routine interventions and restrictions, encouraging spontaneous pushing in nonsupine positions, and keeping mothers and babies together after birth without restrictions on breastfeeding. Nurses are in a unique position to provide these care practices and to help childbearing women make informed choices based on evidence.