Women in America think they are getting the BEST of the best care when it comes to their pregnancies. Maybe this is true for truly high-risk pregnancies. For the rest of the vast majority of women who have normal, healthy pregnancies- this is farthest from the truth. Women have forfeited confidence, safety and a growing experience -for fear, risky interventions and numbness.
The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends a C-section rate of in between 5-10%, and no greater than 15%. Once it goes beyond this the risks outweigh the benefits.(source) “It should be noted that the proposed upper limit of 15% is not a target to be achieved, but rather a threshold not to be exceeded.” (source)
Pitocin (the drug used to induce labor or to make it go faster) has not been licensed by the FDA for “elective induction”. It has been licensed for “medically indicated” inductions (when it is safer for the baby to be born, rather than in the mother).
Pitocin has the risk of:
Uterine hyperstimulation, irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, tetanic contractions, rupture of the uterus, increase risk of c-section, loss of blood clotting factors (fatal), severe water intoxication, seizures, coma, postpartum hemorrhage, brain hemorrhage, death.
Fetal distress, low heart rate, permanent brain damage, seizures, low apgar scores, jaundice, retinal hemorrhage, death.
(*This list is not a complete listing of side effects.)
Why are approximately 20% of labors induced, with only a small percentage of the inductions taking place for medical reasons?
Why are even more women put on pitocin when they are in labor (augmentation) because they aren’t dilating quick enough for hospital staff?
Where is it safe to have a baby??
“Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.” BMJ (British Medical Journal)
Much of the evidence reveals that planned home births (or out-of-hospital) birth center births have similar outcomes to hospital births, while using less medical interventions and giving the mother more control over her birth.
Hospitals have an increasingly high number of unnecessary interventions, including labor induction, episiotomy, vacuum extraction and perhaps the most unfortunate- the cesarean section.
What if I would rather accept the hospital risks than the out-of-hospital risks?
There are many things that parents who are more comfortable choosing the hospital risks verses the out-of-hospital risks, can do when it comes to having their baby.
Choosing a hospital that follows the “Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative”
Having a thoroughly educated birth plan
Hiring a doula for labor support and advocacy
♥ These are excellent ways to avoid often unnecessary and dangerous interventions, while having the most natural and fulfilling hospital birth possible!