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Promoting, Protecting, and Supporting Normal Birth

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In this professional paper, published by Lamaze International and reprinted here with permission, Lamaze International identifies six care practices—adapted from the work of the World Health Organization—that promote, protect, and support normal birth. The six care practices are: labor begins on its own; freedom of movement throughout labor; continuous labor support; no routine interventions; non-supine (e.g., upright or side-lying) positions for birth; and no separation of mother and baby with unlimited opportunity for breastfeeding. Evidence to support each care practice is presented. Health-care providers and places of birth are encouraged to adopt these care practices as standards of care. Additionally, women are encouraged to choose health-care providers and places of birth whose care practices promote, protect, and support normal birth.

Keywords: care practices; childbirth education; normal birth

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2004

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