Who will advocate for birthing mamas during labor?
“Did you know that 15% of mamas giving birth in a hospital setting receive a cut into the vagina called an episiotomy? ”
And, over half of the birthing mamas who receive this procedure say they did not give their consent.
Not even The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are in support of an episiotomy as a routine procedure. There is much talk around the birthing mamas who possess health insurance being more likely to receive this vaginal laceration over those without it, raising questions of monetary motivation. In nearly all instances, this procedure is not medically specified.
Tearing naturally (i.e. spontaneous tearing) comes with risks as well, but there is research to support less risk of infection, blood loss, perineal pain and faster healing without an episiotomy.
But who will advocate for birthing mamas during labor?
The answer is a skilled labor and birth support persons known as a doula. A doula is a birth worker who is a constant presence of stability, and who provides emotional support, education, inspiration and hands-on guidance for expectant parents and couples as they approach and enter into the birth process. Doulas are trained to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women during labor, birth, and in the immediate postpartum period. With the support of doulas, many women are able to forego epidurals, avoid cesarean births, and have less stressful births. A skilled doula empowers a woman to communicate her needs and perceptions and actualize her dream of a healthy, positive birth experience. (J Perinat Educ. 2013 Winter; 22(1): 49–58.)
So, mamas and mamas-to-be, assemble your all-star birth team NOW, which should include a loving spouse/partner, trained doula, experienced Midwife, prenatal yoga practitioner and supportive family/friends.
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Cheers to your healthy birth.
To your wellness,