The Somatic Connection  |   July 2018
Reducing Cesarean Delivery Rates and Length of Labor by Addressing Pelvic Shape
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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic of the Pacific-Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon 
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The Somatic Connection   |   July 2018
Reducing Cesarean Delivery Rates and Length of Labor by Addressing Pelvic Shape
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, 489-490. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.110
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, 489-490. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.110
Tussey CM, Botsios E, Gerkin RD, Kelly LA, Gamez J, Mensik J. Reducing length of labor and cesarean surgery rate using a peanut ball for women laboring with an epidural. J Perinat Educ. 2015;24(1):16-24. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.21.1.16 
Although cesarean delivery rates are declining, approximately one-third of all expectant US mothers deliver via cesarean. In 2015, the cesarean delivery rate was 32%.1 The most common reason for a cesarean delivery in mothers with no previous cesarean deliveries and singleton vertex fetuses is lack of progress in labor. This diagnosis covers several causes, including fetopelvic disproportion, prolonged labor, and arrest of dilation.2 

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