Medical providers advised to limit interventions in low-risk pregnancies

Yesterday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) shared a Committee Opinion encouraging medical providers to limit their use of medical interventions. They have found that other techniques, such as emotional support (ex. encouragement) and physical support (ex. position changes, massages) and even educational support (ex. providing information) can provide an effective tool to aiding women in labor. They later go on to say the following:

"Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor."

Recognizing the importance of having trained labor support is something that is slowly coming around. Many studies have been done to prove the benefits. Most labor doulas are trained to provide every form of support encouraged by the ACOG that benefits mothers.

Some other standards of practices have even been discouraged, such as early admission of women in labor to the hospital, and coached breathing.

Actively promoting and encouraging these support techniques by a group of professionals who sets a high standard of care is a great accomplishment for women, families, and babies in our country. When providers follow a line of care that has been proven to beneficial, we all benefit. To learn more about getting educational, physical, and emotional support from a qualified labor doula for your birth, connect with New Birth Services.


Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth. (2017, January 25). Retrieved January 26, 2017, from