7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid While Pregnant (with Pictures)

There are some strange things happening in our society with regards to birth. Women feel less and less able to birth naturally, yet industrialised countries like the US and the UK are seeing maternal and infant mortality rates on the rise. What is going on? I’d like to present 7 Things that hospitals do for labouring women that are NOT RECOMMENDED for pregnant women! It doesn’t make sense that these things are overlooked and treated so lightly. If they are harmful to a pregnant mother, they are also harmful to her in her labouring state, and therefore should be AVOIDED.

1. Hospitals Don’t Allow You to EAT when Labouring.

You're told to EAT a NUTRITIOUS diet when PREGNANT.
You’re told to EAT a NUTRITIOUS diet when PREGNANT.
But you're NOT ALLOWED to EAT or DRINK when in Labour.
But you’re NOT ALLOWED to EAT or DRINK when in Labour.

2. Hospitals Require You to Lie On Your Back.

You're told to Lie on Your Side when Pregnant.
You’re told to Lie on Your Side when Pregnant.
But each Labouring Woman is given a BED and most end up LYING ON THEIR BACKS (So the doctors and nurses and see what's going on 'down there')
But each Labouring Woman is given a BED and most end up LYING ON THEIR BACKS (So the doctors and nurses can see what’s going on ‘down there’)

3. Hospitals Don’t Allow You to Walk Around.

You're told to Exercise and do lots of WALKING while pregnant.
You’re told to Exercise and do lots of WALKING while pregnant.
But hospitals don't let you walk the halls, especially since they put in an IV.
But hospitals make it difficult to walk around, especially if they put in an IV.

4. Hospitals Offer (sometimes PUSH) Epidurals for Every Labouring Mother.

You're told to avoid doing any DRUGS and NARCOTICS when pregnant.
You’re told to avoid doing any NARCOTICS or other DRUGS when Pregnant.
But Giving Epidurals (a NARCOTIC) has become standard for at least 70% of women in the US.
But giving Epidurals (a NARCOTIC) has become standard for nearly 64% of women in the US.

5. Hospitals Offer Gas & Air (Laughing Gas) for every Labouring Mother.

When Pregnant, you are told to AVOID Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas), for routine appointments and operations like the dentist.
When Pregnant, you are told to AVOID Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas), for routine appointments and operations (i.e. Dentist Appointments).
But Giving Nitrous Oxide (often called Gas & Air) is standard protocol in the UK.
But offering Nitrous Oxide (often called Gas & Air) is standard protocol in the UK.

6. Hospital Environments are STRESSFUL. 

Pregnant women are instructed to avoid stress.
Pregnant women are instructed to AVOID STRESS.
But hospital environments often make labouring mothers feel stressed.
But Hospital Environments often make labouring mothers FEEL STRESSED. (Failure to Progress, presence of too many strangers, doctor not around, nurses keep changing, etc.)

7. Hospitals separate the mother and baby, interrupting precious bonding time.

Pregnant women are told to bond with their baby by talking to them, playing them music, even within the womb.
Pregnant women are told to BOND with their baby by talking to them and playing music to their bellies to develop maternal instincts. 
Hospitals often whisk the baby away before mother can spend precious bonding time with their new baby just to weigh, clean, and test them! (Can't this stuff wait?)
But Hospitals often TAKE AWAY the baby BEFORE BONDING with the mother just to weigh, clean, and test the baby! (Can’t this stuff wait?)

If you’ve been a diligent mother and have followed good guidelines for a HEALTHY PREGNANCY, why would you consent to these Hospital Procedures just MOMENTS before birth? There is NO DRUG that doesn’t reach the baby, the placenta is not a ‘barrier’ that prevents drugs from reaching the baby. Just like you need to be healthy for the 9 MONTHS leading up to birth, you need to stay healthy throughout labour to keep your baby healthy.

You may believe that some or all of these procedures are necessary, and some of them may be necessary for your particular birth; however, there are many women all over the world who birth without any of these hospital interruptions. You can have a calm, peaceful, natural birth and you can also learn when certain interventions and interruptions may be necessary. Contact a Bradley Method teacher today, or sign up for classes!

*Disclaimer: Not all hospitals are the same. This is a generalisation. You can still have the birth you want in a hospital setting.

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