Examples of Safe and Effective Care
How do I know what practices are consistent with the best research about safe and effective care for mothers and babies?You will want to choose a caregiver and a birth setting that offer the highest standard of care. In health care today, this means providing "evidence-based care," that is, care that is informed by the best available research.
The best research repeatedly shows that women and infants who are well and healthy do not benefit from the routine or frequent use of many commonplace tests, procedures, restrictions, and drugs. In fact, the routine use of interventions with healthy childbearing women can cause many problems and can lead to a cascade of intervention. For these reasons, interventions should only be used with clear reason to expect that they will do more good than harm.
What maternity care is consistent with the best research, if you are well and without specific health concerns?Here are some examples of safe and effective practice around the time of birth:
For more detailed information about labor and birth practices that are and are not supported by the best research, see the Maternity Center Association's brochure, Your Guide to Safe and Effective Care During Labor and Birth.
Most recent page update: 2/6/2006
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