If there was a drug that reduced the rate of Caesarean sections by 44%, reduced the need for epidurals in childbirth by 65% and reduced the need to resuscitate babies following delivery by 53% we would all be demanding it be delivered no matter what the cost. In a study just published in the British Medical Journal Open an antenatal (before birth) education programme developed by Nadine Richardson called 'She Births' has been tested on 176 couples in Sydney. The results were so dramatic the British Medical Journal Open has published them in an article that might be about to change the way childbirth education is delivered in Australia.
The study of 176 couples in randomised controlled trials was facilitated in two major, mixed demographic Sydney hospitals. The study focused on the role of pre-birth education courses on couples’ experiences of labour and childbirth. The results were dramatic, showing significant reductions in the need for epidurals and Caesareans, decreased need for resuscitation of babies after birth and a decrease in the need for medical augmentation.
Founder of 'She Births', Nadine Richardson provided concept background intellectual property, including concept, course materials and training for the study. The Complementary Therapies for Labour and Birth (CTLB) study course was adapted from the She Births course, combining evidence-based elements of She Births with an acupressure protocol.
The dramatic improvements for the couples in the training group, in comparison to the control group who received the standard hospital birth preparation course has been acknowledged in the article published in the British Medical Journal Open.
This is the first time the world has seen such significant results via a childbirth preparation course (Cochrane Review 2007). Nadine Richardson the founder of the 'She Births' programme is delighted and very excited for the possibility that a revolution might be about to take place in the way women are encouraged to give birth in Australia.