Changing Cesarean Standards
New joint guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine state that most women with low-risk pregnancy should be allowed to spend more time in the first stage of labor to avoid unnecessary cesareans. And according to that study, evidence now shows that labor actually progresses slower than we thought in the past, so many women might just need a little more time to labor and a traditional delivery instead of moving to a cesarean delivery. Researchers say most women who have had a cesarean with their first baby end up having repeat cesarean deliveries for subsequent babies, and it is avoidable. Medical professionals hope that by preventing the first cesarean delivery there will be a reduction in the nation's overall cesarean delivery rate.