When Giving Birth For The First Time, Push Away

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If you're a first-time mother and you opt for epidural anesthesia during labor, your doctor may suggest you wait about an hour after your cervix is completely dilated before you start trying to push the baby down the birth canal. But a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the flagship journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that might not be the best advice. "Our findings suggest that women becoming moms for the first time should begin pushing right away when they become completely dilated, for the best outcome for themselves and for their babies," says obstetrician Alison G. Cahill of Washington University in St. Louis, who headed the study. Until now, the evidence supporting either method has been mixed, Cahill says. As a result, advice...

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When Giving Birth For The First Time, Push Away

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