What You Should Know About Common Birth Interventions

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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  1. tara says:

    Nice. I ended up having pretty much all of that except c section and they acted like it was normal even though it made it a horrible and torturous experience. No one really warns you about it.. I wanted to do it completely naturallly but apparentally to some doctors that is everything short of c section. I still haven’t recovered from internal things almost 2 years later.. so if I ever had another baby I would definitely scour the land for a midwife who takes insurance or id rather just go off and have a baby by myself rather than do it in a hospital. Hah… they don’t care that you haven’t slept for almost thre days, still need to induce you..,they pretty much ignored me when I told them that. Not gonna lie, I was jealous of my friends wonderful water birth at home! I feel bad that so many poor and or isolatedgirls with unplannned pregnancies are surely taken advantage of. I real8ze now I was like a practise dummy for all the medical studeñts. I now know I need to stand up for what I. Feel is rightt

  2. Connie Sultana says:

    Excellent compilation of materials to read to prepare for a safe and satisfying birth!


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