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A Mom's Choice to Use Doula and Mid-Wife Practices During Hospital Labor Now Backed by ACOG

A Mom's Choice to Use Doula and Mid-Wife Practices During Hospital Labor Now Backed by ACOG

The Committee on Obstetric Practice for the (ACOG) has finally endorsed the limitation of intervention prior and during birth. According to their issued statement it's recommended doctors collaborate more with mid-wives, nurses and patients instead of automatically prescribing labor induction, epiderals, c-sections and more!

In the United States it has become common place practice for OBGYN's to recommend patients have induced labor if a child does not arrive on the due date or to perform c-sections when there are no complications. Many of these types of recommendations have allegedly stemmed from OBGYN's scheduling practices and insurance payouts. This subsequently leads to to higher costs for patients for unnecessary procedures.

According to the endorcement:

 Data suggest that in women with normally progressing labor and no evidence of fetal compromise, routine amniotomy is not necessary. The widespread use of continuous electronic fetal heart-rate monitoring has not improved outcomes when used for women with low-risk pregnancies. Multiple nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic techniques can be used to help women cope with labor pain.

What this means is if you choose to use a midwife or doula it is highly recommended your doctor oblige their practices. Here are some big points to take note of:

  • You do not have to use medications if you do not want to. This allows the use of hollistic labor techniques.
  • You can be as over due as you want to be and go into labor naturally.
  • You can choose your own labor position and opt to use water immersion techniques.
  • You do not have to use the fetal heart monitoring machines used by hospitals in labor. 
  • Doulas and mid-wives may be present to offer emaotional support and message during labor.

Additionally, this endorcement is made for mothers with no risk pregnancies or birth. If you have no risk and your doctor is forceful about his/her opinion show them the recommendation here.

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Photo of nursing mothers room at St. Paul - Minneapolis Airport

DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room & Breastfeeding Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NURSING ROOM

  • Comfortable seating
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breastpump
  • Sink for cleaning nursing equipment
  • Lockable door
From Pregnancy and maternity, to infants, toddlers, parenting and motherhood, MomsPumpHere does its best to help new moms make the transition from nursing at home to breastfeeding or breastpumping for their babies in public. Pregnancy was challenging enough mother's health, finding a nice comfortable spot to nurse your baby shouldn't be.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (OBAMACARE):
Workplace Lactation Accommodation Laws

SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    1. (r)An employer shall provide—

      (A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

      (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
    1. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.
  1. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.
  2. DEFINITION OF LACTATION ROOM - (Nursing Room & Breastfeeding Room)

    A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breast pumping.

    Lactation Room Guide -