New Guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery
Lately, the American College of Obstetricians and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released new guidelines that essentially recommend women with low-risk pregnancies to be allowed to spend more time in labor.
The guidelines appear to be relevant mostly for first-time mothers and are aimed at safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery.
Recently we discussed a 2012 PLoS One study of natural birth in mice that suggested a possible relationship between natural birth and brain development.
According to the experimental data of this report, the birth-associated physiological stress and the hypoxia/ischemia that accompanies vaginal birth may trigger the release of certain proteins that are critical for proper development of hippocampal and other brain neurons.
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the cesarean delivery is most likely overused, and in 2011, one in three women who gave birth in the United States did so by cesarean delivery.