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J Perinat Educ. 2007 Summer;16(3):16-20. doi: 10.1624/105812407X217093.

Care practice #1: labor begins on its own.

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DEBBY AMIS is coauthor, along with Jeanne Green, of Prepared Childbirth: The Family Way and Prepared Childbirth: The Educator's Guide . She also codirects the Texas Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program and teaches early-pregnancy classes for Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Texas.

Abstract

This updated edition of Care Practice Paper #1 presents the evidence for the benefits of allowing labor to begin on its own. The physiology of normal labor is contrasted with medical induction methods, and the potential harms of elective induction are reviewed. Women are encouraged to avoid induction of labor unless there is a medical reason.

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