What You Should Know About Common Birth Interventions

  • Posted on January 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

To birthing women in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Lompoc & Santa Maria – We can never address the available medical interventions enough times to educate ourselves to their appropriate and healthy use. Lamaze’s blog called Birth with Confidence recently posted a very good article which I am re-posting here. I could not say it better myself. LynDee

 By Teri Shilling, MS, CD(DONA), IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE

You may be planning a natural birth, but there are times when your health-care provider must intervene for health and safety reasons. Or you may find that standard hospital practices often include medical interventions. In either situation, it’s important that you be involved in the decisions related to your care. You can do that by asking questions and openly communicating your desires to everyone in attendance. When a medical intervention is suggested or presented as routine procedure, ask about the benefits, risks, alternatives and whether you can do the procedure later – or not at all. Most important, trust your intuition. Everyone, including you, should stop and think before an intervention is suggested. Research shows that many times interventions are done more for convenience sake than for medical reasons. Being well-informed about the common interventions that might arise will enhance your ability to make crucial decisions. Educate yourself, communicate your preferences well in advance and stay involved in all decisions related to labor and birth. Your choices will be critical to the health and safety of you and your baby.

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