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NOTE: The purpose of this series is not to bash medical interventions during labor. I know that they can and do save lives everyday when certain complications arise during labor. I am 100% in agreement when it is clearly needed.
One of the many benefits of having a natural birth, is lowering the risks of experiencing the infamous cascade of interventions. In the birth world, the cascade of interventions is a term used to describe the domino effect that can occur after one intervention.
Let’s use Pitocin as an example. Pitocin is synthetic oxytocin and is a drug that is used to either start or speed up the process of labor. It is one of the most common labor interventions women are faced with daily in the birth space, specifically in hospital births. The issue with Pitocin is that it interferes with the body’s physiological processes
In a natural birth, your body produces beta-endorphins (hormone) which are responsible for pain control during labor and for regulating the release of the oxytocin hormone. Yes, your body already produces oxytocin on its own!
With Pitocin, this natural process of regulating does not occur, and the body is thrown into labor without the benefit of the endorphins that are responsible of managing the pace and growing intensity of labor.
This is the reason why many moms report that their contractions are a lot more intense and painful when labor is induced with Pitocin. The cascade of interventions that usually follows a labor inductions with Pitocin is, the use of an epidural to help cope with the intense contractions, an IV to pump fluids in order to increase blood pressure (since epidurals can lower blood pressure) and then, continuous fetal monitoring to ensure that baby is handling labor well.
With a natural birth, the body’s natural physiological processes are undisturbed and the process of childbirth is easily facilitated.
The less we interfere with the natural physiologic process of labor, the more we can expect that a laboring woman’s body can do what it has been designed to do effectively and without major complications that will require further intervention.
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