The Active Management of Labor

Is It Worth the Cost?

Published in: Western Journal of Medicine, v. 172, Apr. 2000, p. 243-244

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2000

by Michael S. Broder

A number of studies have demonstrated that active management of labor shortens labor and reduces the rate of caesarian deliveries, without increasing adverse outcomes. In this commentary, the author addresses why active management is not the standard of care in the U.S. and contends that work by Rogers and colleagues shows that active management is worth the cost.

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