Wednesday, 24 December 2008 12:14
The Importance of Optimal Fetal Positioning
An extensive website with resources and practical solutions for moms for more natural births.
Holistic Midwifery Care for Mother and Baby
A Licensed Midwife's Homepage with many links about safe and gentle birth options. www.gentlebirth.org/ronnie
Information about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and well-woman care from a midwifery perspective. www.gentlebirth.org/archives/index.html
Perspectives on Normal Birth
How a birth center achieves a cesarean rate of less than 1% without compromising the well-being of the mother or baby. www.gentlebirth.org/ronnie/birthrf.html
Natural Birth Video:
Visit the Lamaze website and view a wonderful, empowering, natural birthing experience.
Safety of Alternative Approaches to Childbirth
"Under no circumstances do the California data for 1989 and 1990 allow the obstetric profession to uphold the claim that for the large majority of low-risk women hospital birth is "safer" with respect to perinatal mortality. Our data also suggest that even for the high-risk levels of our Study Population the natural approach (including transfers) produces the same perinatal mortality outcomes as the obstetric approach."
"Given no differences in perinatal mortality it must be noted that the natural approach shows significant advantages with respect to lower maternity care cost as well as reduced mortality and morbidity from unnecessary cesareans and other obstetric interventions, and significant benefits from avoiding negative long-term consequences from unnecessary obstetric interventions and procedures. These advantages of the natural approach are of such a large order of magnitude as to raise serious doubts concerning the appropriateness of conventional "obstetric" treatment for low-risk childbirth."
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