From Janet Balaskas’ classic book, Active Birth:
“When birth is active–
- There is less need for drugs.
- Discomfort and pain are less.
- The uterus functions better, so artificial stimulants are not usually necessary.
- Labors are shorter.
- The supply of oxygen to the baby is improved.
- There is less need for forceps or vacuum extraction.
- The secretion of hormones that regulate the whole process is not disrupted.”
Make sure to talk to your care provider about your plan for an active birth. You may have to introduce your attendant to the concept and be assertive about your right to have an active, normal birth.