Just released, a new report by Childbirth Connection outlines just what’s going on with the hormones of late pregnancy and labor and how common interventions, like labor inductions and epidurals, get in the way and most often cause some form of harm to the laboring mother and baby. Though we’ve known intuitively and scientifically for years and years (and years) that the natural process of labor is, for the vast majority of the population, the safest way to birth, the burden of proof is now finally shifting onto the birth interventionalists. Let’s use this information to calm our thinking minds, spring free from the prickly grip of fear and lean into trust; trust in ourselves, trust in our bodies, and trust in the process of birth once and for all.
Comprehensive Report Examines the Science on the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing and Its Implications for Women, Babies and Maternity Care
The country’s maternity care system is missing opportunities to provide better care and use resources more wisely by routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns.
Here’s the press release and a summary of the new report:
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