Interview the Midwife, part 2 – On the use of drugs in childbirth
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Wow such great answers!! I love your passion and knowledge about home birth. It’s very insightful and helpful! As I’m sure you know, there are a lot of drugs given to mothers and babies during labor in a hospital and even after. What are your views about the amount and/or use of drugs given? I recently spoke to a NICU nurse and she said that she truly believes more than half the babies that were in there wouldn’t be if they had been a home birth baby. She said most were in there due to bad affects of the medication given to them.”
High School Senior studying Child Development
My opinion here would most likely be biased because I’m not speaking from research but rather from personal or second-hand experiences.
I will say there shouldn’t be a “one-stop shop” for everyone. What I mean by that is I don’t think we should treat human beings like cattle and just herd them in and try to quickly “turn the beds around” by getting laboring moms in, delivered and transferred to a postpartum room.
We need to approach each person and situation individually. If we did that, I don’t think there would be routine use of any medication.
The more you do (“interventions”) the more you invite the opportunity for problems to arise.
Not all interventions are bad all the time. There is a time and a place for them.
I am not anti-hospital.
I am anti-routine and anti-“we are doing it this way because that’s what we’ve always done.”
When the hospital and doctors are needed I am very thankful they exist. I just honestly feel clients would be better served by having all low-risk women see a midwife and then, if the need arises, have a backup OB available to step in if/when needed.