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I’ll start off with an encouraging tidbit that I wrote myself. I hope you all find this helpful!
Childbirth is one of the most empowering events in a woman’s life. It is an opportunity to trust in the nature of how we were designed and what we were created for. It is a time to revel in our beauty, our flawless construction for creating life. It is a time to celebrate, not to numb our bodies and our minds out of fear. Giving birth is a very special event that each woman should remember always as a pivotal moment in life. It should never be reflected on in regret. Yet so many women are experiencing mourning after their childbirth experience because they gave birth away.
I’ve been wondering what I could do to help our friends in Australia as well as here in the US where midwifery is constantly under threat…where midwifery and women and baby’s right are being trampled…hear the truth from the doctors who are bravely speaking out. I present “Doctor’s Voices” as a way to support midwifery AND the doctors who support the midwifery model of care/mother-baby focused birth and reform of our current system.
Since the evidence shows no benefits or harms, there is no justification for the restriction of fluids and food in labour for women at low risk of complications.
This review finds that giving antibiotics is not supported by conclusive evidence.
Listening to music reduces pain intensity levels and opioid requirements, but the magnitude of these benefits is small and, therefore, its clinical importance unclear.
Here is evidence that walking and upright positions in the first stage of labour reduce the length of labour and do not seem to be associated with increased intervention or negative effects on mothers’ and babies’ wellbeing. Women should be encouraged to take up whatever position they find most comfortable in the first stage of labor.
The evidence provided by the three included RCTs shows that enemas do not have a significant effect on infection rates such as perineal wound infection or other neonatal infections and women’s satisfaction. This evidence does not support the routine use of enemas during labour; therefore, such practice should be discouraged.
There is insufficient evidence to recommend perineal shaving for women on admission in labor.
Evidence suggests that water immersion during the first stage of labour reduces the use of epidural/spinal analgesia. There is limited information for other outcomes related to water use during the first and second stages of labour, due to intervention and outcome variability. There is no evidence of increased adverse effects to the fetus/neonate or woman from labouring in water or waterbirth. The fact that use of water immersion in labour and birth is now a widely available care option for women threatens the feasibility of a large, multicentre randomised controlled trial.
The tentative findings of this review suggest several possible benefits for upright posture, with the possibility of increased risk of blood loss greater than 500 ml. Women should be encouraged to give birth in the position they find most comfortable. Until such time as the benefits and risks of various delivery positions are estimated with greater certainty, when methodologically stringent trials’ data are available, women should be allowed to make informed choices about the birth positions in which they might wish to assume for delivery of their babies.
Choices for newborn baby care procedures begin immediately at birth. The best preparation is to have considered them and decided beforehand what procedures you desire (or don’t want) for your newborn. For a hospital birth, there are numerous routine procedures which can be administered, delayed or even refused…Many parents don’t realize the impact that these procedures can have on their newborn child…Another critical point to remember is that you can and absolutely have the right to receive information about each and every procedure that will be performed, as well as the right to either request the procedure be performed in your room or that a parent/guardian accompany the newborn for each one. This includes weighing, measuring and the pediatrician’s evaluation of the baby – all can be performed right there in the mother’s room. Remember, your first responsibility is to the welfare of your child, not to the comfort of the hospital staff nor arbitrary hospital policies.
The most commonly performed routine newborn baby care procedures to consider are:
Delayed Cord Clamping Vs. Immediate Cord Clamping
Newborn Vitamin K Injection
Silver Nitrate or Antibiotic Eye Ointment
Hep B Vaccine
To Bathe or Not to Bathe
The benefits and risks of episiotomy are very disproportionate. When compared together, the research supports that routine episiotomy should be banished as a practice of the past. Even ACOG’s positions is that the research does not support the practice of routine episiotomy.
Normal, natural birth sets the stage for problem-free breastfeeding—what nature intended—while a complicated, intervention-intensive labor and birth set the stage for problems.
I am a woman who is blessed to have connections with many women. We share our pregnancies, births, and many other exciting phases of our lives together. We each learn something new from everyone else’s experiences. As a woman who has birthed two children and was able to do so exactly as I desired I feel the need to share an important piece of information with all women, even those I don’t know so well. So if you are reading this, please share this vital information with every woman you know. It may change everything about their birth experience. Let’s stop being informed by our Doctors about what is to take place during childbirth and start asking questions, educating ourselves and sharing our knowledge with each other. Let’s uncover the truth about Pitocin, a drug quoted by Dr. Roberto Caldreyo-Barcia, a former president of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a renowned researcher into the effects of obstetrical interventions to be “the most abused drug in the world today.”
One of the most compelling pieces of evidence I found exposing the way Pit really affects the laboring process was this: The natural rhythm of labor is supported by the release of oxytocin in bursts as needed, whereas pitocin is administered as a constant IV drip that confines most women to bed. This decreases their ability to control the escalating pain caused by drug-induced uterine activity, and laboring women are more likely to require pain medication that slows labor. Think of the dichotomy: pitocin is administered to speed up labor, but the increased level of pain requires medication that slows it down. In addition, pitocin often has no effect on cervical dilation even though the contractions are much stronger.
And here are just a few risks associated for women and children exposed to Pitocin: Pitocin might cause a tumultuous, difficult labor and tetanic contractions, rupture of the uterus and dehiscence of a uterine scar, lacerations of the cervix, retained placenta or postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum perineal and pelvic floor pain is increased as a result of augmented uterine contractions. Fetal complications might include fetal asphyxia and neonatal hypoxia, physical injury and neonatal jaundice. The use of pitocin also might be a factor in cerebral palsy from deprived oxygen and autism.
The more women I talk to the more I find that Pitocin is administered without notice, consent, or real medical necessity. I encourage you to send this information along to every woman of childbearing age that you know. Every woman deserves to know the truth about Pitocin.