Although this has already been blogged by Crunchy Domestic Goddess (Amy), I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it more press.
Consumer Reports reported on a new study about maternity care in the US. Conclusion? Less is more. They even have an informative quiz- reminding us that induction is risky, epidurals aren't side-effect-free, and due dates aren't legitimate (really? Because I was sure...).
I'm glad that Consumer Reports is picking up on this. Maybe it can enlighten just a few more people.
It mentions 6 interventions that should be reserved for high-risk women, NOT the every-day low risk mom.
- Cesarean section
- Electronic fetal monitoring
- Rupturing Membranes
In my book, the risks of these interventions definitely outweigh the benefit of money and convenience.
Take the time to read Amy's view. Take the little mini-quiz. At the end of the article it also mentions 6 actions that we should be promoting including early skin-to-skin contact and birthing in upright standing/squatting positions.