Feb 20, 2014 11:46 AM by NBC, Posted By: Annie Snead
Doctors should be more patient when it comes to performing C-sections.
That's according to newly released guidelines from leading pregnancy specialists which aim to reduce the high C-section rate in the US.
The recommendations urge doctors not to order a C-section just because of prolonged labor, because it can take longer than experts previously thought.
In fact, experts now believe active labor doesn't begin until the cervix is six centimeters dilated, instead of four.
Women should push for at least two hours if they have delivered before and three hours if it's their first baby.
The report also suggests forceps as a safe alternative to some C-sections, if the OB is well-trained in the procedure.