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Labor Management Evidence Update: Potential to Minimize Risk of Cesarean Birth in Healthy Women

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: April/June 2014 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p 108–116
doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000022
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New evidence regarding normal parameters of labor progress for healthy women has the potential to minimize risk of cesarean birth and thereby enhance current and future maternal well-being if clinicians apply the research findings to obstetric practice. The economic and reproductive health consequences of the increasing cesarean birth rate in the United States are considerable; therefore, action on this issue by all stakeholders is necessary. Review and integration of the recent recommendations for labor management from experts convened by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine are required to make maternity care in the United States as safe as possible.

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Corresponding Author: Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN, 7140 Pershing Ave, St Louis, MO 63130 (

Disclosure: The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Submitted for publication: November 13, 2013; accepted for publication: January 13, 2014.

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