Dec 5, 2012 by DAVE MIHALOVIC
Women Who Give Birth In Hospitals More Likely To Experience Life-Threatening Bleeding Than Those Giving Birth At Home
My father always use to tell me that if I ever had a serious illness, one of the fastest ways to die was to be admitted to a hospital. Healthcare technology has advanced considerably since then, however the statistical probability of mortality has only increased for hospital patients in many age categories and illnesses. Women giving birth are in their own category as conventional hospital settings and protocols provide an environment conducive to short and long-term illness for both mothers and newborns. Researchers are now finding that instances of life-threatening bleeding are on the rise for women giving birth in hospitals.
A growing contingent of women are choosing to give birth with midwives, caregivers who view birth as a natural, rather than a medical experience, and one that should be tailored to a mother's needs.
The trend is now increasing exponentially due to worrisome life-threatening conditions experienced by women is labour courtesy of the medical system.
Excessive bleeding after birth -- Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) -- is one of the main causes of childbirth-related deaths.
It occurs more often in maternity units than during planned home deliveries, according to an analysis of the medical records of more than 500,000 women.
Now there are calls for a change in hospital procedures after researchers concluded that the over-use of medical intervention techniques during childbirth may be a significant cause.
The report, by researchers at the a new study has concluded that the over-use of medical intervention techniques during childbirth may be partly to blame for excessive bleeding after birth, says reliance on drugs to speed up contractions, surgical incisions to ease delivery and emergency caesareans may be compromising the safety of women in labour.
A small but growing number of American women are making the choice to deliver at home. From 2004 to 2008, the number of home births in the United States inched upward to 28,357 -- still less than 1 percent of the 4.2 million births each year, but a marked reversal in what had been a long trend toward hospital births.
As every decade and century passes, the previous misconceptions of conventional medicine are seen as a complete failure, not only in its illogical interpretation of the human body and its physiology, but in the care, interest and advancement of human health.
It was only a few decades ago when women used to be given general anesthesia while in labor and not to mention labeling infants as incapable of experiencing pain (See According To Doctors, New Born Babies Have Only Felt Pain In The Last 30 Years)
The medical community routinely discourages women from delivering at home even publishing faulty conclusions based on misinformation such as a paper published in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2010 which concluded that babies born at home are more likely as those born in a hospital to die. It was later found out to be flawed and inaccurate, igniting a firestorm among experts and has been roundly questioned by critics.
The largest study yet on the safety of home births suggests that, in most cases, the risk to babies is no higher than if they are born in a hospital. However, some evidence is suggesting mothers may be more at risk in hospital settings due to lack of choice and "our way or the highway" type mentality of obstetricians who often coerce and bully women into procedures and tests they often oppose.
Janet Fyle, professional policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, said: ‘This is further evidence of a correlation between PPH and interventions in childbirth. It is not appropriate to herd every woman into hospital.
‘The important thing is to give people more choice and information.’
The study concluded: ‘Future research should address the possibility that procedures such as labour augmentation and emergency caesarean section are over-used in the hospital setting.’
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.