Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary
Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary Adapted from The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.
Although research shows that routine and unnecessary interference in the natural process of labor and birth is not likely to be beneficial—and may indeed be harmful—most U.S. births today are intervention-intensive. A majority of women surveyed for Listening to Mothers experienced one or more of the following interventions during labor:
It’s a day you’ll mark with cake and candles in the coming years—the day that you finally get to meet your new baby! You’ve waited many months for this moment, and spent considerable time thinking about how it will unfold.