In an article published by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE inĀ  Science & Sensibility (dated February 15, 2018) combined the latest WHO guidelines for childbirth and newborn care.

Among others:

“- A COMPANION of choice is recommended for all women throughout labour and childbirth.
– For women at low risk, oral fluid and FOOD intake during labour is recommended.
– Relaxation techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, music, MINDFULNESS and other techniques, are recommended for healthy pregnant women
– A minimum cervical dilatation rate of 1 cm/hour throughout active first stage is UNREALISTIC fast for some women and is therefore not recommended for identification of normal labour progression. A slower than 1-cm/hour cervical dilatation rate alone should not be a routine indication for obstetric intervention.
– Bathing should be delayed until 24 HOURS after birth. If this is not possible due to cultural reasons, bathing should be delayed for at least six hours. Appropriate clothing of the baby for ambient temperature is recommended. This means one to two layers of clothes more than adults, and use of hats/caps.”

Lamaze International

(Guidelines for childbirth and newborn care)