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Pregnant Mothers will often ask “What are some common medical birth interventions that may be used during childbirth?”  If they aren’t asking what is a birth intervention? or why is a birth intervention used?, they should be, to ensure they are fully informed as to what decisions they may need to make if one is suggested.  

10 common birth interventions:

  1. Episiotomy
  2. Instrumental vaginal birth – Forceps and Vacuum
  3. Cesarean surgery (c-section)
  4. Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM)
  5. Frequent vaginal exams
  6. Inductions / Augmentations
  7. Amniotomy
  8. Regional anesthesia
  9. Catheterization
  10. Ineffective pushing

For many mothers, birth intervention may not be necessary. The human body has withstood natural birth for a long time; why should anything change now?

“Failure to Progress”

How often we do hear this as a reason for cesarean? How much have we intervened in the process before getting to that point?

The creators of the following video on birth interventions in a hospital setting do such a great job of showing why so many women’s labor slow or stop and ‘need’ a birth intervention to get them going again.

After all the same key hormone oxytocin is involved in both birth processes right?

The Performance – A Humorous Look at Birth Interventions

By putting a couple having sex in the same shoes as a labouring woman in a hospital setting… what do you get? This video highlights how atmosphere, attitudes and interventions can influence birth by comparing it to sex, seeing as how they are both governed by what Michel Odent calls “the hormone of love”.

It is ended so brilliantly with:

‘we respect physiology in this hospital, things should go as naturally as possible, love you to’

Words are not always translated into actions, please keep your intuition awake when interviewing your doctor so you know if ‘sure you can try for a normal birth’ is a brush off with a silent eye roll.

Please leave your comments and feelings below after watching the clip.

Here is an interesting article highlighting the high rates of c-sections.

For positive and inspiring natural birth videos.

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