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  1. Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN


New evidence regarding normal parameters of labor progress for healthy women has the potential to minimize risk of cesarean birth and thereby enhance current and future maternal well-being if clinicians apply the research findings to obstetric practice. The economic and reproductive health consequences of the increasing cesarean birth rate in the United States are considerable; therefore, action on this issue by all stakeholders is necessary. Review and integration of the recent recommendations for labor management from experts convened by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine are required to make maternity care in the United States as safe as possible.