In some hospitals, routine interventions such as depriving the mother of food and drink during labor, mandatory IVs, frequent inductions, and continuous fetal monitoring with the mother laying in bed, often cause many of the complications that result in an excessive number of cesarean sections and other perceived emergencies. “Failure to progress,” the most common reason given for performing cesarean sections, can sometimes be a “failure to wait” on the part of the attendant. Midwives monitor the mother and baby in an unobtrusive way without disrupting the birth process. An underwater Doppler, for example, can be used to check the baby’s heartbeat while the mother floats and relaxes in a labor tub, finding whatever position works best for her in the moment.
MidwivesCatriona Munro, LM, CPM & Eloisa Cary, LM, CPM Winni McNamara, LM, ARNP Kimberley Bauer, ND, LMTamar Lieb, ND, LM, CPM Beth Arcese, LM, CPM Alli Watkins. LM, MSM, CPM Mary Burgess, LM, CPM, MA