Want a Healthy Baby? Here’s How Evidence Based Care Helps You Have a Healthy Baby


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(With Barbara Hotelling- nurse practitioner, mom, birth educator, doula & former president of Lamaze International) 

Do you assume your maternity care will be based on the best medical evidence available?

A Columbia University study reviewed the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (also known as ACOG-they represent 90 percent of U.S. board-certified Ob/Gyns) practice bulletins and found “1/3 of the recommendations put forth by the College in its practice bulletins are based on good and consistent scientific evidence.” See the study here.

Many providers and birth facilities don’t provide you care based on the best medical research & evidence. Let’s say you’re paying $10,000 to have a baby, what are you paying for if it’s not maternity care based on medical evidence? Or here’s a question…do you want care for your baby (let alone pay 10,000 smackers for it) that isn’t even based on medical evidence? 

Many providers & hospitals follow protocol. A lot of protocol actually goes against the best research & medical evidence. So when you get right down to it, your & your baby’s best interests aren’t often priority #1. But there’s a way to change that. :) And our job is to help you do it!

Once you know what to look for, you can find providers & hospitals (or birth center) that stand way above all the others. You can find providers who know you & your baby are “most important” and hospitals that build their protocol & care around your & your baby’s best interests.  

Should we allow a provider to give our baby care based on anything other than the best medical research & evidence available? Something for you to decide!

You’ll Also Learn:

  1. How access to mother-friendly evidence based care will help you have that “healthy baby” all of us want.
  2. How you can get evidence based care, even when your options on providers are limited.
  3. Why the phrase “not allowed” is a big warning sign you’re not at the receiving end of evidence based care.
  4. What mother-friendly evidence based care looks like, in action.

Who is Barbara Hotelling?

Barbara  has been a birth educator & doula for 25 years. She has served as President of DONA International (Doula Organization of North America) & also served as President of Lamaze International. She is the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CMS). She is currently a Perinatal Nurse Coordinator & Nurse Practitioner at UNC Family Medical Center. Barbara is the mama of 5 kiddos and grandma of 2.


Watch the Class Part 1  (download the MP3)

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  • Trish

    You’ve piqued my interest. Yes, I’ve always assumed maternity care was based on medical evidence. I’ll be looking into this more & I must say I am pretty shocked actually to learn what was said in here. How do medical professionals offer care that isn’t based on medical evidence? I don’t really understand how that happens? I’m not saying I don’t believe you guys, but I need to look some more. Where do you suggest I look?

    • yourbabybooty

      Trish, I am absolutely thrilled to read your words about wanting to look some more and do your own research. That is music to my (our) ears! The gold star standard for evidence based research is the Cochrane Collaboration. They are known & respected nationwide. They evaluate research that has been done in all areas of the medical field and synthesize the findings into something cohesive & meaningful. In other words, instead of taking one research study and drawing a conclusion. They look at lots of different research studies, evaluate who actually paid to have the research conducted, how it was done and then report it. It’s very consumer friendly.

      Let us know if we can help you in any other way!