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Why are Birth Intervention Rates so High?
Increased medical care for both labor and births causes much debate. What we do know is that one major study shows that having a nurse-midwife vs. a doctor is likely to reduce your risk of mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other birth interventions, result in much fewer labor and birth interventions — and midwife led births mean fewer birth recovery complications for mothers. However, this is assuming the mother is healthy to begin with, and it’s assuming that a mother-to-be chooses to have fewer or no medical interventions during labor and childbirth. Healthy mothers-to-be are well-suited for midwifery care and even home birth and normally have excellent results with both choices. However, women today give birth later in life, which can cause complications. Many women today are becoming pregnant while overweight or obese and many more women than ever have heart disease — all of which makes for a less healthy labor and birth. On top of this, rates of mothers requesting birth interventions, including c-sections on demand are up. The above issues are not all linked to the type of care provider a mother chooses. Some argue that midwives may help lower the complications above because midwives do tend to spend more time with patients, thus may be able to encourage a woman to eat healthier, exercise and stay healthy. However, traditionally, midwives care for women having low-risk pregnancies. For example, if you’re overweight, older or have heart disease or diabetes, you may be ineligible for midwife care.
Midwives are an excellent choice for women, but it’s not entirely clear if simply having the option of choosing a midwife will help normalize maternity care, unless future mothers-to-be also get on board with healthier habits. Learn about some of these healthy habits in the links below.
- Top Healthy and Organic Foods for the First Trimester
- 7 Safe Exercises for Pregnancy
- Avoid Pregnancy Junk Food Cravings and Eat Healthily for Your Growing Baby
- Must-Know Fitness Tips for the First Trimester & Beyond
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