Facts about Labor and Birth
In the Hospital Setting
• You must follow hospital protocol despite your personal wishes.
• Laboring women are routinely confined to the bed, not allowed to eat for hours and often days and forced to push while laying on their backs. This is completely counteractive to mammalian and human nature.
• Labor that includes a pitocin induction with an epidural, a fetal scalp electrode and a vacuum extraction is called a “natural” birth in the hospital.
• Pitocin increases the risk of fetal distress by 50%.
• Labor is intense, very intense, hence why many women are unable to cope with the pain in an unsupported, strange, flourencent, cold, unnatural environment and they ask for DRUGS.
• IV narcotic drugs can affect an infant so strongly that he may have difficulty breathing at birth.
• Epidurals completely numb your entire lower body affecting labor progress and diminishing pushing efforts.
• Epidurals can lower the mother’s blood pressure so that the baby isn’t getting enough oxygen through the placenta. This can cause fetal distress and the need for an emergency cesarean section to rescue the baby.
• Close to 1 million unnecessary episiotomies are performed each year in the US.
• The best outcomes for women and babies appear to occur with cesarean section rates of 5% to 10%. Currently the cesarean section rate in the US is 35%. This means 25-30% of cesareans are unnecessary!!
• The best-known risk of hospital birth is hospital-acquired infections.
• The overall infection rate for babies born in the hospital is four times that of babies born at home.
• A rush to clamp and cut the umbilical cord within seconds after birth is one of the most dangerous hospital practices. This deprives the baby of blood and increases the risks of neonatal hypoxia, hypovolemia and anemia, thus increasing the need for blood transfusions.
• 90% of the time nurses separate mother and baby immediately after birth. Even a ten-minute separation is too long during this critical first hour after birth.
• Traumatic birth including cesarean surgery decreases the ability for the mother to breastfeed successfully.