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External Fetal Monitoring EFM involves a big strap around the mother’s abdomen that monitors the baby’s heart rate and strength of contractions.  It is assumed that the baby’s heart rate is an indicator of how well the baby is handling the contractions and demands of labor.  The biggest problem that…
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This is another intervention that is done under the guise of encouraging a hygienic labor, but the reality is that this is unnecessary to prevent any risk to the baby from germs.  There is of course also a personal factor just like the enema; do you really want someone else…
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The enema is occasionally suggested to clean out the laboring mother’s bowels in an effort to avoid exposure of feces to the baby once she is born.  This practice is not as common as some of the other interventions but it may be suggested by the hospital staff.  Most women…
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Planning a hospital birth can be a daunting task, especially when you are a first time mom.  Even for moms who already have children, the planning and preparation mentally, physically, and logistically can be an overwhelming experience.  If you are planning on having a hospital birth there are many procedures…
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When I was in labor with my first child I was frightened when a midwife and her student came in with a big crochet hook saying “we have to break your waters to get things moving”. Suddenly the pain of contractions became super intense. I begged for the epidural but…
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 Preeclampsia is a serious disease that can occur in pregnancy and the post-partum period.  It can range from being very mild to life threatening.  The Preeclampsia Foundation reports that 76,000 women die annually as a result of preeclampsia or preeclampsia related conditions.  The development of preeclampsia can be very sudden,…
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Hospital doctors and nurses claim to not understand how a woman would not want the best of both worlds - being an active part of their baby’s birth without all the pain. They boast that it is the greatest invention ever. However, the epidural is a drug and an intervention…
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“Another thing very injurious to the child is the tying and cutting of the navel string too soon, which should always be left till the child has not only repeatedly breathed but till all pulsation in the cord ceases.  As otherwise the child is much weaker than it ought to…
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This article shares information about the common practice of checking for a nuchal cord during the second stage of labour, and unlooping or cutting the cord – interventions that are not evidence-based and can cause birth trauma. It is important women are informed about nuchal cord ‘management’ and how it…
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Most women want to birth their babies vaginally, with only a small portion of women electively choosing to have a cesarean. Many elective cesareans are a result of fear mongering on behalf of caregivers to women who have had previous cesarean births. It wasn't until last year in 2010 that…
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