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Pearls For Normal Birth

  • Keep women nourished and hydrated
  • No routine IV fluids: use saline locks
  • Intermittently monitor the fetal heart rate
  • Keep women upright, mobile, and wet: use hydrotherapy
  • Encourage doulas
  • Do not routinely rupture the membranes
  • No rigid timelines: give women the time they need
  • Wait for involuntary pushing – labor down with epidurals
  • No routine episiotomy or aggressive vaginal stretching
  • Delay cord clamping
  • Encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding
  • Listen to the evidence and listen to women