69 facts about childbirth that both women and men should know.
1. Childbirth is a natural process triggered by a mechanism in the woman's brain. Doctors DO NOT HAVE data that triggers labor, so their attempts to intervene in this are at least unprofessional.
2. The sooner your labor is interfered with, the more chances of a disastrous outcome, it is like a domino effect.
3. Artificially accelerating labor carries a SEVERE risk of birth trauma for both mother and baby. In addition to the exit of the child into the birth canal, a huge and smooth work takes place in the body to prepare the muscles of the pelvic floor, soften the cervix, dilute the pelvic bones, and so on. Acceleration of the release of the fetus is dangerous because the child is artificially pushed through the unprepared birth canal.
4. Any intervention as a side effect has an additional risk ascertained by medicine, which requires compulsory observation.
5. Compulsory observation (electrical monitoring, vaginal examinations) is harmful to the development of labor and inhibits it.
6. Electro-monitoring of the fetus requires lying on the back, which is the least physiological posture for childbirth.
7. In the absence of intervention, fetal electrical monitoring is unnecessary. The midwife can obtain the same information by listening to the mother's abdomen with a special device. He is needed not by the woman in labor, but by the doctors in order to mess around less.
8. Labor activity, especially in the first-giving woman, can go at any pace, speed up and slow down. Contractions for several hours and stopping until the next day are normal, the body is preparing. To calm your conscience, you can listen to the heart of a child.
9. When opening at 5 cm, the phase of maximum tension (pressure of the head on the neck) begins, and the feeling that "pulls". This should be done carefully, listening to your body - then an opening of 5 to 8 cm can go very quickly.
10. In medicine, it is customary to consider the phase of maximum stress 4-8 cm, and without observing rapid progress by 4 cm, an incorrect diagnosis of weak labor is made. Meanwhile, progress only starts at 5 cm and hospital protocols are incorrect.
11. At 8 cm, you may start to push hard, and you need to follow your body carefully. Usually at 8 cm, many people want to lie down and rest, or vice versa, get on all fours - to help the final disclosure. This is normal.
12. During the first childbirth at the stage of attempts, there is a period when it seems that attempts do not bring results. At this time, jewelry work is underway to fit the baby's head to the mother's birth canal. Often this is diagnosed as "weakened labor" and begins to interfere. It is necessary to let nature do its job, the head usually appears suddenly after that. The process of passing a child is non-linear.
13. With the onset of labor, whatever its rate of development, if the child's condition is normal, a puncture of the bladder is unnecessary and dangerous. The risk of infection after a puncture is higher than after natural drainage.
14. Bladder puncture is designed to speed up labor. Acceleration of labor is a dangerous process - see item 3.
15. Puncture of the fetal bladder: in addition to the possibility of umbilical cord prolapse, which is dangerous by the development of acute hypoxia in the fetus and emergency CS, it is also dangerous by the development of transient acidosis and hypoxia in the fetus, the risk of squeezing the presenting part of the fetal head increases.
16. The anhydrous period of 24 hours in the absence of temperature in the mother is considered risk-free in the west. An anhydrous period of 24-48 hours requires regular monitoring of the mother's temperature and fetal heart rate, but this is normal, and labor usually begins naturally during this period. There is no data on the period longer than 72 hours, because by this time everyone is giving birth.
17. The child DOES NOT BREATHE in an anhydrous period, the placenta continues to produce amniotic fluid.
18. The danger of an anhydrous period is only infection, which is controlled by measuring the temperature of the mother. Vaginal examinations increase the risk of infection.
19. Chemical intervention in childbirth (induction, oxytocin stimulation) disrupts the natural hormonal chemistry of childbirth.
20. Oskitocin, produced during childbirth and breastfeeding, triggers and promotes labor, and then the separation of milk. It also stimulates the expression of love and concern.
21. Artificial oxytocin inhibits the production of natural oxytocin.
22. Beta-endorphins (natural opiates) are produced in the brain during childbirth, and allow you to achieve the state of "altered consciousness" necessary for a quick and easy birth, and also act as a natural pain reliever (and some are given the opportunity to experience sensations comparable to orgasm ). Their lack, which arises as a result of stimulation, makes childbirth much more painful.
23. Beta-endorphins stimulate the secretion of prolactin, which promotes the initiation of breastfeeding. Their absence, accordingly, can negatively affect the ability to feed a child.
24. Beta-endorphin contributes to the final formation of the baby's lungs during labor. A deficiency in it entails potential respiratory and related problems in the child.
25. Beta-endorphin is present in breast milk and causes a sense of satisfaction and peace in the newborn.
26. Adrenaline and norepinephrine in the early stages of labor suppress and stop labor activity. Therefore, examinations, questions, moving, intimidation by doctors can lead to stopping labor, since if a woman in labor is frightened or nervous, adrenaline is released, suppressing the effect of oxytocin, as its antagonist. Logical thinking (activation of the neocortex) has the same negative effect on oxytocin production.
27. Adrenaline and norepinephrine are released in the late stage of labor, triggering the "expulsion of the fetus" reflex, when the baby is born in 2-3 attempts. Their lack in connection with artificial stimulation makes the period of perspiration long, exhausting and traumatic.
28. Animal studies have shown that noadrenaline deficiency in the late stage of labor caused a loss of maternal instinct.
29. The level of adrenaline and norepinephrine in the newborn is also high, and it protects the baby from hypoxia and prepares it for contact with the mother.
30. Contractions caused by artificial oxytocin differ from natural contractions (since it is not the woman's brain that determines the required volume) and can lead to impaired blood circulation in the walls of the uterus, and as a result, hypoxia.
31. When using stimulation, childbirth often takes place at an accelerated rate, with a forceful passage of the birth canal, "assault" nature of the child's movement along the birth canal.
32. On the 3rd day of labor, the NSG revealed a huge amount of a combination of ischemia and cerebral edema around the cerebral ventricles with hemorrhages, cephalohematoma of the parietal region and cisterna hydrocephalus ONLY in babies whose mothers received stimulation (all babies were full-term). In children born naturally, such injuries have not been identified.
33. 90% of women with children with cerebral palsy, childbirth was artificially induced or accelerated.
34. The use of stimulants - prostaglandins, antiprogestogens, kelp, balloons, bladder puncture, oxytocin in the early stages of labor leads to lesions of the central nervous system of the newborn, which will not be detected at the time of delivery, but will be identified by a neurologist later. Pathological contractions are not coordinated with the blood supply to the uterus, and the child is often exposed to prolonged hypoxia.
35. Currently, there is not a single effective method of drug or non-drug treatment of fetal hypoxia (distress), both during pregnancy and childbirth. Drug therapy for fetal distress (fetal hypoxia) is absent in all medical protocols in the world, and commonly used drugs (including glucose) have been proven ineffective.
36. Medical induction and stimulation of labor is the main cause of diseases of the central nervous system.
37. Artificially injected oxytocin increases the risk of bleeding after childbirth, since the brain, having received a signal about a high level of oxytocin in the blood during childbirth, blocks the supply of its own.
38. The popularity of drug anesthesia is associated with widespread intervention in the process of childbirth, and, as a result, more painful childbirth. Vaginal childbirth under the right conditions (calm, darkness, safety, relaxation) does not require anesthesia.
39. A direct relationship has been revealed between the mother's intake of opiates and barbiturates for pain relief during childbirth and the propensity of the newborn children to drug dependence on opiates. The risk of drug addiction is almost 5 times higher in children whose mothers used opiates (pethidine, nitrous oxide) for pain relief during childbirth.
40. The drugs that are part of epidural anesthesia (cocaine derivatives and sometimes opiates) inhibit the production of beta-endorphins and prevent the transition to an altered state of consciousness necessary for childbirth.
41. Epidural anesthesia interferes with the production of sufficient oxytocin, as it desensitizes the nerves in the vagina, stimulation of which leads to the production of natural oxytocin.
42. A woman with epidural anesthesia is unable to trigger the "ejection reflex", and therefore she has to push hard, which in turn increases the risk of injury to the mother and child.
43. Epidural anesthesia interferes with the production of the hormone prostaglandin, which contributes to the elasticity of the uterus. This lengthens labor from 4.1 to 7.8 hours on average.
44. It has been observed that mothers spend less time with their newborns, the more drug they receive during the anesthesia. They also have a higher incidence of postpartum depression.
45. Episiotomy is harder to heal, and tissue breaks down worse than natural tears. With repeated births, the stitches from episitomy are more often torn than from the past natural rupture.
46. Episiotomy is never needed "prophylactically".
47. Clamping the umbilical cord immediately after childbirth deprives the baby of up to 50% of the blood. Compression within a minute - up to 30%.
48. At the time of birth, up to 60% of red blood cells are in the placenta and will be delivered to the baby within the next minutes. This is a natural mechanism for treating potential hypoxia, "preserving" the baby's blood in the placenta with a delayed transfer of it to the baby after childbirth. Early cutting of the umbilical cord is a huge blow to the health of the baby.
49. It is necessary to wait for the "closure" of the umbilical cord, that is, when the vessels of the child take all the blood from the placenta, and the umbilical vein closes, and excess blood flows back as a result of contraction of the uterus. The umbilical cord will become white and hard.
50. As the child descends, the volume of the empty uterus decreases due to the distribution of blood pressure in the walls of the uterus. This allows you to "lower" the placenta and avoid tension on the umbilical cord during entanglement, so with entanglement it is quite possible to give birth to a healthy baby.
51. At birth with hypoxia associated with the entanglement of the umbilical cord, the umbilical cord must be kept warm (placed back into the vagina), and blood from the placenta will eliminate the effects of hypoxia.
52. In a caesarean section, the placenta with the umbilical cord must be above the level of the baby so that he can receive all the placental blood.
53. Early cord clamping is called one of the main causes of encephalopathy and the development of mental retardation.
54. A child is born in a protective lubricant that does not need to be washed off, at least for a few hours (or preferably a day). The child should be immediately laid out on the mother's belly so that it is "populated" by her bacteria. Separation, washing of the child leads to the fact that he is colonized by "hospital" bacteria.
55. There is no need to drip anything into the child's eyes, this leads to blockage of the lacrimal ducts and conjunctivitis.
56. After the birth of the baby and before the birth of the planet, the woman should reach the peak of oxytocin. The highest level of oxytocin, the moment when the greatest amount of the love hormone is released (a woman does not release this hormone at this level at any other moment), is observed immediately after the birth of a child. And one of the roles that this hormone, secreted in such quantities immediately after childbirth, is destined for is to facilitate the passage and birth of the placenta. And for this, again, it is extremely important to immediately warm him and his mother immediately after the appearance of the crumbs, so that they are very warm. The release of oxytocin and the initiation of breastfeeding causes the uterus to contract naturally and the placenta is born. There is no need to speed up this process.
57. Begins to breathe when, with blood transfusion from the placenta after childbirth, the lungs are filled with blood and straightened. Back slaps are completely unnecessary.
58. Shaking a child, lifting him by the legs, measuring his height are procedures that are harmful and painful for a child. His skeletal and muscular system is not ready for such abrupt and unnatural movements.
59. It is enough to wash the child with clean water. Clean water is sufficient to treat the umbilical cord wound. Bathing a child in any substance (potassium permanganate, etc.) has been proven ineffective.
60. It is enough to wash the breasts with clean water. Soap and alcohol-based preparations only destroy the protective lubricant and promote the penetration of infections.
61. Enema, crotch shaving and other procedures do not make any sense, but harm, as they are nervous and humiliating for a woman in labor. The baby is reliably protected during childbirth, and the mother's bacteria is exactly what he should settle with.
62. The child has sufficient supply of fluid and nutrients to be without food for 3-4 days (only on colostrum). Supplementation to a healthy child is not needed.
63. "Jaundice of newborns" disappears by itself in 1-2 weeks. In the absence of other signs of pathology, treatment with quartz lamps is dangerous and harmful.
64: To summarize: A successful birth requires darkness, warmth, privacy, a sense of security, the help of someone you trust.
65: To summarize: the mother's job is to turn off her head, allowing the hypothalamus to control the process. What is needed for this (except for item 64) - music, aromas, a bathroom - you know better. It is ideal when there is someone next to a woman in labor who protects her brain from stimulation so that she has the opportunity to enter such an altered state of consciousness, "fly to another planet, " be like an animal that simply follows the nature of childbirth, listens " your body's "tips.
66: To summarize: any intervention in childbirth is harmful and dangerous. The risks they carry are higher than those of vaginal birth complications.
67: If you are given a "planned caesarean", look for information, is it really necessary. A huge part of the "planned cesarean" can give birth on their own.
68. The norm for childbirth is 40 +/- 2 weeks. This means that labor within 42 weeks is not considered abnormal and there is no need (unless otherwise indicated) to induce labor after 40 weeks. After 42 weeks, it is possible to monitor the condition of the child and the placenta using an ultrasound scan in order to decide whether to continue waiting for a natural birth or stimulation.
69: To summarize: A huge part of the problems during childbirth, leading to even more intervention and emergency caesarean, are caused by this very intervention in the first place.