Krystina Friedlander recently wrote a blog that clearly shows the direction in which ACOG is moving these days. The position statements and opinions of this influential organization are showing a greater understanding of the need to change the way we are caring for women during pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
The ACOG Articles are Listed Below:
Doctors and midwives should avoid unnecessary interventions. (January 2017)
Delayed cord clamping is beneficial for babies (January 2017)
Laboring in water is a good idea! (November 2016)
Racism and ethnic disparities exist in obstetric care (December 2015)
Women, It’s Time to Demand Better Care
Women need to demand that their local providers and hospitals follow these recommendations. These are radical changes from previous positions and illustrate the fact that ACOG knows it must change the standard practices of providers and institutions. The fact that all their statements are based on long-standing evidence is frightening. Despite knowing that women can make their own decisions, labor (and of course they will figure out) give birth in water, that there is absolutely no reason to cut the cord immediately after the delivery and walking is better than Pitocin, physicians continue to practice outside the standards for best practice.
Join Us at the March For Moms
Women need to demand the best care for themselves and all the women and babies in this country. This is a fight worth fighting! Please join us in the March for Moms May 14th and 15th in Washington DC.