Monday, June 18, 2007

Natural birthing in Australia today

The protection and promotion of natural birth within our maternity services, the protection of women’s rights to plan spontaneous natural childbirth, and the protection of the midwife’s right to practise midwifery are essential in a world that has increasingly looked to technology as the answer to everything.

In a society that has approximately 30% of births being managed surgically by caesarean, and a large proportion of the remainder being managed with potentially dangerous drugs to stimulate labour and override natural responses, there is an increasing need for support for women who choose to work with natural processes. As caesarean rates increase there is an increasing need for expert maternity services that are skilled in vaginal births after caesarean (VBAC). As rates of medically managed births increase, maternity care providers will become progressively more de-skilled in working with the natural processes in the birthing continuum.

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