Thursday, June 13, 2013

Labor, Interrupted: Cesareans, “cascading interventions,” and finding a sense of balance

Article from Harvard Magazine
Written by Nell Lake

"Ecker believes that obstetrics needs to move ever closer to “evidence-based medicine”—the study of risks and benefits, and the application of this knowledge to medical decisions, professional standards, and training. Doctors and institutions should help patients understand risks and the tests, during pregnancy and labor, that measure them. Whenever appropriate, he says, physicians and patients should avoid interventions and prevent that “cascade.” For example, he says, doctors and hospitals should encourage trials of labor after cesareans."

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