Recent ACOG Updates You Should Know

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the overseeing body for most of maternity care here in the USA, and this spring brought about a few new updates (and re-emphasizing some old ones as well). As an educated birth services customer, you should know some of the professional guidelines that currently stand for expectant mothers. These new additions are on the heels of recent changes a couple of years ago that encourage birth professionals to be more patient with the length of labor and pushing, all to help reduce our country’s too-high cesarean rates. So here they are

1. No elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks.

This change is largely due to efforts form the March of Dimes, which has tried very hard to stop the arrival of pre-term babies simply by letting them gestate longer. With the current accuracy of early ultrasounds, it is rarely necessary to induce before 39 weeks, except in the case of certain medical conditions. As a side note, research shows that a suspected large baby is NOT a medically indicated reason for induction or cesarean delivery

2. No elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries between 39 weeks and 41 weeks unless the cervix is deemed favorable.

Again, we know that the research shows that it is best to let labor begin on its own, and an unfavorable cervix (one not ready for labor) is not very likely to open up, even with a medical induction. Unless there are medical issues present, it is best to let that baby grow a little bit longer! And again, a suspected large baby is NOT a medically indicated reason for induction or cesarean delivery.

3. No prenatal ultrasounds for non-medical purposes, for example, solely for keepsake videos and pictures.

This recommendation has come about largely due to a booming business of for-profit 4-D ultrasound centers, which promise glimpses of your baby to come. However, the research of long-term results from ultrasound use is still in its infancy (it has been a common prenatal practice for less than a generation), and the risks are still not fully known. Though ultrasounds for viability and anatomy analysis are considered safe, extra ultrasounds “just for fun” should be avoided.

4. No routine activity restriction or bed rest during pregnancy for any indication.

The research has been behind this recommendation for a while now, and it is great that ACOG has finally caught on. Even with some of the common risks of movement, research shows that bed rest during pregnancy has no statistically significant benefits, and may even increase risks in some areas. If your care provider suggests bed rest for an indication, this is a good time to ask questions and understand what the research says about your particular health risk and bed rest.

So that’s it. What new recommendation are you most excited about?


March Birth Class and Movie Night!

Hello all!

March is a fun month for Cradled in Joy Birth and Parenting Education–we have a one-day birth workshop and a fun movie night from GroVia coming up.

Birth Workshop

March 19th, 8am-5pm

This is a new format for busy families who need to learn about birth and comfort tools as efficiently as possible. This workshop runs all day and covers the Lamaze 6 healthy birth practices, labor and birth biology, natural birth comfort techniques, interventions, breastfeeding, and the first hour after birth!  Pack a lunch and join us for an intensive, fun-filled day that prepares you for meeting your baby!

Movie Night

March 19th, 6:30 pm

Come in your pajamas and enjoy a family-friendly movie and popcorn. Those of you who cloth diaper, I will have some information about using cloth at night available, and as always, I will be open for questions! I will also have sneak peeks of the new swim diapers, ONE colors, and zippered wet bag prints to see! Be sure to RSVP at the Event page:

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Don’t forget all the exciting new things that will be available from GroVia on March 14th!

Applications open for Healthy Baby Home Party!


Just wanted to let you know that you can sign up for a free party kit from Seventh Generation!  The Healthy Baby Home Party is designed to introduce you and your friends to non-toxic and baby-safe household cleaning products and more. Applications are now open as part of the Generation Good program, so read on to learn more!

I sign up to host this every year because there is always so much to learn and so many cool products out there that can keep our babies safer!

Cradled In Joy Birth Services does not receive compensation for posting about this party, but we do hope to host one for those of you who can’t host one of your own, so you can learn more about your parenting and home care options! I also regularly receive items for free to review and share through Generation Good!

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? Seventh Generation’s Healthy Baby Home Parties are fun and informative for you and your guests, and together you will create a healthy environment for your families! And of course, the most fun of all is the opportunity to get together and talk about your kids and the things that matter to you most.

The Healthy Baby Home Party kit contains educational information from non-profit partner Healthy Child Healthy World, a fun party game to help you share tips, and products and coupons from Seventh Generation, bobble, Zarbee’s Naturals, and other brands.


Hosts and guests will also be invited to join us in asking our U.S. Senators to reform chemical policy. For more information on our perspective, visit:

What is the Application Process?

  • All applicants must be members of Generation Good first.  Sign up at
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified in mid August on whether or not they have been selected to host a party via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then be asked to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission and confirming their shipping address before they are sent the Healthy Baby Home Party Kit.Each selected host will then receive a free party kit in the mail. We ask that all parties are held in August/September. For full Terms and Conditions: