- may overuse interventions which lack benefits, increase cost, and poses risk1
- has increased birth rate2
- are safe3
- countries that use them have a decline in low-birthweight2
- has reduced c-section rates4
- may shorten length of labor4
- has reduced the use of pitocin4
- has reduced the use of forceps4
- has reduced the request for painkillers and epidurals4
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