Despite our seemingly advanced medical system, the death rate for infants is shockingly high, with 6.1 infant deaths per every 1,000 live births.
A literal example of a natural birth is shown in a video of an Australian mother, Simone Surgeoner, a trained doula with experience assisting women before, during, and after childbirth.Surgeoner headed to the woods for her fourth delivery.While the other children played in the stream and along the rocky shore, she lies down on a mat in the creek for the final push.Once the baby crowns, it emerges quickly into the world.“A calm and unrushed approach to vaginal birth improved the health of new mothers by lowering overall trauma rates and reducing the need for suturing,” the study notes.
“Attendance by caregivers who are confident in normal birth, such as the midwives who conducted this trial, supports the natural unfolding of the birth process and, thus, reduces maternal injury.” Anther study that looked at data from 20 birthing centers in the United States found that numerous c-sections are performed unnecessarily, regardless of whether the mother or baby showed high risk signs that would call for the invasive surgery.
C-sections and other medical interventions can save lives in an emergency, but birth is not nearly as dangerous as some media hype makes it out to be.
On the contrary, natural birth has proven to be remarkably healthy for most women.
One prime factor for negative health outcomes for mothers and babies appears to be a high rate of unnecessary caesarian sections, performed at hospitals and conventional birthing centers that are more interested in following a strict schedule than allowing the mother’s body to direct the birthing process.
About a third of all births in the United States are performed via c-section, according to the CDC, far more than the number necessary to preserve the health of the mother or child.
The United States is the richest country in the world and we spend far more on health care than any other nation.