You are almost ready to give birth. You are exhausted and praying for labor to begin. Then your doctor says he can induce your labor so you can have your baby before Thanksgiving Holiday.
BEWARE!!! Although this sounds great, it may be your worst nightmare. Labor induction is not always a cake walk. In fact, many times, once you are induced, other interventions follow.
Before you know it, there is talk of cesarean-section because too much time has passed. Your baby may experience heart deceleration. Your blood pressure could go wonky!!
Many possibilities exist for your birth to take a detour from normal.
Most women in the United States give birth in the hospital (about 98%). That is pretty much everyone, except for a few that give birth at home, or a birth center. If you look back in history, you will discover that this is a very recent occurrence. Prior to the 1930's the majority of women gave birth at home, surrounded by the village.
Hospitals and western medicine in general are both very good at emergencies, crisis care, and acute medical events. Many lives are saved due to the advancement of modern technology. Unfortunately, this technology is overused, including in childbirth.
Not every woman requires every test and procedure, and being in a hospital can be quite scary, and anxiety producing. Think about it. There are so many sick and dying people in hospitals. In fact, the United States has a rising maternal death rate. I don't say this to scare you. I want you to know that despite technological advances and modern medicine, the United States has very poor outcomes compared to other industrialized nations.
The childbirth industry is worth about $50 billion per year, and the hospital wants a piece of it, the insurance industry wants a piece of it the pharmaceutical industry wants a piece of it, and the retail industry wants a piece of it. "Where do you want to spend your money to have a satisfying, safe experience for you and your baby?"
These are my top five reasons why the hospital is the last place you'll want to give birth.
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