One recommendation by ACOG brought about in 2016 includes limiting the number of ultrasounds done during pregnancy. It calls for limiting these ultrasounds to diagnostic purposes only, as well as opting for 2D over 3D. Ultrasounds use sound waves that tend to raise the temperature of amniotic fluid which may harm the unborn baby.
ACOG also reaffirmed their previous recommendation that doula support in birth benefits families. Research has found that the continuous labor support that Doulas provide to laboring families improves birth outcomes and reduces the need for cesarean. ACOG states that every women in labor should have access to Doula support.
The last recommendation that I will discuss comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Although not from ACOG, it still plays a huge part in birth. In 2016, AAP found through research that babies who sleep in the same room as their parent(s) are healthier, and have a reduced risk of SIDS. AAP states that safe sleeping environment should be taken into consideration, such as removing pillows and blankets. They go on to state that this also benefits parents because they are able to get more sleep. They state that mothers who may fall asleep breastfeeding may keep their babies safe by breastfeeding while lying down.
These are fantastic new improvements that will benefit all families. These are based on research and recommendations from highly respected physicians in their specialized fields of medicine.
As we move forward into the new year, I want to challenge you to resolutions you can make to continue to improve and to have a successful year. These are just few resolutions that i feel can apply to everyone.
1. Just Be There: Just be there in the moment that we are in and being fully invested in it. Too often we worry about what may happen or think back to what we did wrong. It doesn't serves any purpose so JUST BE THERE. I challenge you to 30 minutes a day with no electronic and just being there for your loved ones.
2. Do Better: So you messed up, or didn't do your best yesterday; that does not mean today you can’t Do Better. The great thing about learning new information is that we can use that information to do better. Once you know a better way you really want a better way. I challenge you to research your birth options and then choose the better way, the better way for you and your family. Spend as much time researching birth options as you spend researching car seats and strollers.
Happy Birthing in the New Year!
Stacey Davis works as a doula in Iron County and contributes to the Iron County Today.