Repost from @atlantadoulacollective
“Would you strap monitors on an elephant in labor and RESTRICT her movement? 🐘
Would you give ICE CHIPS to a laboring cat who is thirsty? 🧊
No, that’s ridiculous! Management of labor creates dysregulation in the normal physiology of birth. And yet we do it to women in labor every day under the “illusion of safety.” 🤦♀️
So, why do intelligent, capable, low-risk women accept these restrictions?
We must first be convinced:
1️⃣That birth is inherently dangerous.
2️⃣Technology and restrictions make it “safer”.
3️⃣We have no power or authority to choose for ourselves.
Yes, medical interventions are sometimes needed or wanted, but the risk of intervention must be weighed against the risk of disrupting normal physiological birth.
Here’s what the evidence based research shows:🔎
FACT: The uterus and body need fuel to function properly. If you are hungry in labor, eat. If you are thirsty, drink. 🍽
FACT: Even the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology changed their restrictions in 2007 on eating and drinking in labor after overwhelming evidence that it posed no significant risk of asphyxiation during cesarean. (In other words, “Oops, we were wrong!”)👨🏻⚕️
FACT: studies show continuous electronic fetal monitoring INCREASES your risk of c-section and medical interventions and does NOT improve outcomes for mom or baby… And yet it continues to be the standard care in hospitals. 🏥
👉👉👉Does your provider have restrictions on women in labor?”