Times have changed and so has maternity care—especially for millennial moms who know more about the importance of health, diet, and exercise than their mothers or grandmothers did. With the help of your wonderful midwife or doctor, you can challenge many outdated maternity practices, especially if you clearly state that choice in your birth plan.
Some are obvious, and some are controversial. By using an evidence-based approach to your own care, you and your care provider can create a healthy and fulfilling pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience that suits your lifestyle and values.
Women today have many options available for what they eat, where they choose to have their baby, and what’s done to their munchkin after the birth.
One obvious choice you have that your mother probably didn’t, is where you have your baby. As they think about planning their birth, more and more healthy women are choosing to be outside traditional hospital settings because these can accommodate mom’s unique preferences more easily. Many of today’s new mothers opt to be in birthing centers like Pink or at home like Mayim Bialik, or even, at home and in water, like Gisele Bundchen. Make where you want to give birth the number one statement in your birth plan.
Here are our top 8 outdated maternity practices or medical interventions you can challenge or refuse, either by questioning your care provider or by saying it in your birth plan:
- Induction because of low quantity of amniotic fluid
- Immediate cord clamping at birth
- Suctioning meconium on the perineum or immediately after birth
- Vaginal exam during PROM (premature rupture of membranes)
- Routine episiotomies
- Induction after 24 hours of ruptured membranes
- C-section for failure to progress
- Induction prior to 42 weeks for normal, healthy pregnancies
If you are a primipara (a first-time pregnant woman), many of these words can sound like you have to have a medical degree just to have a baby. How can you include them in your birth plan if you don’t know what they are? And how do you know what you’ll need to include in your hospital bag? No problem—we explain each one in other posts, so read on.
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Published: August 19, 2015 | Reviewed by: Kim Walls, Natural Products Expert, Elizabeth Bachner, LM, CPM, L.Ac., Midwife | Last reviewed: August, 2015