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Doctors in UK offering new advice when it comes to moms in labor

Doctors in UK offering new advice when it comes to moms in labor

LONDON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Doctors in the U.K. are offering up new advice when it comes to giving birth, that they say can prevent health problems in new mothers.

Medway Maritime Hospital just rolled out new guidelines advocating a gentler form of childbirth than the normal forced pushing.

Instead, doctors say mothers should take it slow.

"Avoid instructive pushing. Push to the rhythm of your body and do it gently in a way that's controlled to allow this baby to descend and deliver slowly," said Medway midwife Dot Smith.

The hospital says research shows that prolonged pushing could have a negative impact on the baby, and lead to long-term health problems for the mothers, including incontinence.

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