Original ArticleBack to the Future Trusting BirthLothian, Judith A. RN, PhD, LCCEAuthor Information Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey Submitted for publication: April 27, 2001; Accepted for publication: July 20, 2001 The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: December 2001 - Volume 15 - Issue 3 - p 13-22 Buy Abstract Research over the past 30 years provides support for once again trusting birth. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about birth and requires a dramatic change in the practice of nursing. Confidence in a woman's ability to give birth, the freedom to find comfort in response to pain, and the support of family, friends, and professionals facilitate normal, natural birth. Hospital policies and routine care practices that decrease confidence, restrict freedom and support, and separate mothers from their infants sabotage natural birth and breastfeeding. The goal of the perinatal nurse is to promote, protect, and support women's efforts to give birth naturally and breastfeed their children. Copyright © 2001 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.