Most women think that birthing in a hospital is the easiest way to have a baby. If they want pharmaceutical pain relief, this may be true – although that can also fail. If they want a narcotic free birth, there is a good chance that many of the common hospital interventions will increase the pain level of labor, sometimes even lengthening it and also make it much harder to cope.
Note: These are based on routine interventions at some hospitals. Not all hospitals routinely do all these things.
1. Making you lay on your back – Although many women assume that the normal way to give birth is laying on a bed, in some cases even with legs in stirrups, the truth is that this position is one of the worst to birth in. It forces the birth canal to slant uphill, closes the pelvis and can lengthen and increase the pain of labor as mama tries to push her baby against gravity. Read 10 reasons not to birth on your back.
2. Cervical Exams – Routine cervical exams can start as early as 34 weeks, depending on your doctor. However in a normal pregnancy and labor, they actually provide limited information and are only an indication of what is happening right at this moment; they don’t predict what will happen in 5 minutes or 5 hours. Cervical exams during labor can slow down labor if they distract the woman or make her uncomfortable. Some exams may be needed, such as if there is a medical issue or you require drugs, but routine exams aren’t usually needed if labor is progressing well.1 | 2 | 3