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Informed Decision-Making for Labour and Birth


Informed Decision-Making for Labour and Birth

Informed Decision-Making for Labour and Birth
May 8, 2017

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) Reproductive Health Workgroup has written a position paper: Informed Decision-Making for Labour & Birth. The paper advocates for a comprehensive and evidence-informed approach to informed decision-making for labour and birth in Ontario. 


What is informed decision-making for labour & birth?
Informed decision-making supports patients to make knowledgeable health care decisions in the context of their own values and preferences. Informed decision-making has emerged as an important strategy for supporting physiological labour and birth which in turn reduces medical  interventions, improves birth outcomes, and increases positive birth experiences.  OPHA believes that all health care providers, including public health practitioners, play a vital role in supporting pregnant people to make informed decisions for labour and birth.


Why now?
Physiological labour and birth has significant benefits that optimize the lifelong health and wellness of people giving birth and their infants. From a public health perspective, this is a key upstream health promotion strategy for the prevention of poor health outcomes.  High rates of common maternity care interventions are occurring without support from high quality evidence even when there are no complications. These interventions disrupt the hormonal physiology of birth, with consequences to breastfeeding, attachment and other hormonally based processes important to lifelong health.


What does the position paper say?
Informed Decision-Making for Labour and Birth explores the importance of physiological labour and birth and informed decision-making as disease prevention and health promotion strategies. We invite you to read the paper, which includes a review of the current evidence, promising strategies for service delivery, and existing challenges and opportunities. We encourage you to implement recommendations from the paper where you have influence to affect change.  Your work, in addition to the work being done by others, will result in a comprehensive approach to labour and birth, that supports all families across Ontario.  








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For more information or to become involved with OPHA's work in the area of informed decision-making for labour & birth, please contact: admin@opha.on.ca.


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    • #InformedConsent is a fundamental right of birthing families.  Support physiological #labourandbirth goo.gl/5uNwoF
    • Fact: Unnecessary medical intervention for #labourandbirth adds a financial burden to our health care system. Learn more goo.gl/5uNwoF
    • #InformedDecisionMaking is key to support physiological #labourandbirth. Check out OPHA’s position paper goo.gl/5uNwoF

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