Thursday, February 11, 2010
Posted by The Deranged Housewife
OK, so to most of us this is already old news:
Studies find that "Staying upright speeds the first stage of labor." But of course, we all know that "gravity doesn't help during birth." (insert major eyeroll here) Here's more on the best positions for labor and birth , and also some interesting highlights on why the most widely-used position in hospitals (lithotomy or in a "c shape") can cause more harm than good. Combine that with overuse of Pitocin and it's surprising anyone in a hospital can manage to give birth these days.
And this study shows that eating during labor has no ill effects. Not surprisingly, the incidence of vomiting between the two groups studied was the same. Of course, we're not talking about a seven-course meal, here, but rather eating lightly. It's common sense that light food and drink during labor are going to give you energy that your body needs to undertake such a tremendous task!
We already have information that shows episiotomies are widely overused and often not even necessary , causing more damage than preventing it. But yet, they're still widely performed. We know that Pitocin can actually slow down some labors and cause problems in the infant that could be avoided, if only it weren't used in the first place. And yet both are standard procedure in today's delivery rooms world-wide.
The information is there, plain for all to see. The big (rhetorical) question is, why aren't doctors listening? Why is this not the norm?