The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/the-most-scientific-birth-is-often-the-least-technological-birth/254420/ If you look at scientific literature, you find over and over again that many interventions increase risk to mother and child instead of decreasing it.  When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to birth with a midwife rather than with an obstetrician, they generally describe a …

Childbirth: What to Reject When You’re Expecting

http://www.consumerreports.org/doctors-hospitals/childbirth-what-to-reject-when-youre-expecting/ 10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy Despite a healthcare system that outspends those in the rest of the world, infants and mothers fare worse in the U.S. than in many other industrialized nations. Infants in this country are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday as those …

6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Doula If You Want an Epidural

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/epidurals/fl/6-Reasons-Why-You-Should-Hire-a-Doula-If-You-Want-an-Epidural.htm "There is a popular misconception that a doula, someone who provides professional labor support, is only useful for women who are planning an unmedicated or natural childbirth. As a long time doula, I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth." (click link to read on pregnancy.about.com)