Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
Blog: Birth Day | By: Lamaze International | Released: April 19, 2012, 7:05 pm
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...
Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
Blog: Birth Day | By: Lamaze International | Released: April 18, 2012, 7:05 pm
In childbirth, as in many aspects of life, we humans do better when we’re surrounded by those we trust, people who tell us we’re doing well and encourage us forward. Good labor support is not watching the clock and checking IV lines and fetal monitor printouts.
Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
Blog: Birth Day | By: Lamaze International | Released: April 17, 2012, 7:05 pm
Moving in labor serves two very important purposes. First, it helps you cope with increasingly strong and painful contractions, which signals your body to keep labor going. Second, it helps gently wiggle your baby into your pelvis and through your birth canal.
Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own
Blog: Birth Day | By: Lamaze International | Released: April 16, 2012, 7:05 pm
Letting your body go into labor spontaneously is almost always the best way to know that your baby is ready to be born and that your body is ready for labor. In the vast majority of pregnancies, labor will start...
Healthy Birth Practices
Blog: Birth Day | By: Lamaze International | Released: April 15, 2012, 6:40 pm
Common sense tells us and research confirms that the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices featured in these video clips and print materials are tried-and-true ways to make birth as safe and healthy as possible.