A finding that epidurals are associated with a longer duration in the second stage of labor indicates that doctors might need to wait more time before intervening with drugs, forceps or cesareans.
The wisdom of midwifery is constantly being proven by modern science. I am so happy that these “pearls” are now a scientific facts instead of a deep inner knowledge residing within each midwife. Without the proof, we cannot practice normal birth in a high tech setting. Studies like the one above allow us to help our clients have VBAC’s, eat in labor, walk in labor, avoid intravenous fluids, deliver in birth tubs, and now push longer without our consulting physician getting nervous!
The Midwives of New Jersey are changing the climate of birth in our facility, having introduced waterbirth, natural cesarean, intermittent monitoring of the baby, and brought the squat bar back into use and got the birth stool we asked for, we are showing a medically-minded institution that babies can just come out!