In the News: Extending Labor to Reduce the Rate of C-Section

edited extended laborAccording to a new study by Thomas Jefferson University researchers, when women in labor are given more time to deliver their baby than current guidelines recommend, their incidence of cesarean delivery drops by 55 percent.

Alexis C. Gimovsky, M.D., a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the study’s lead author, and Vincenzo Berghella, M.D., the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the study’s senior author, found that not only was the incidence of cesarean delivery reduced, there were no associated negative health consequences to the mother or child. Several outlets reported on the study including The Huffington Post, FitPregnancy, The Bump and What to Expect.

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