You're having a baby! Welcome to the incredibly overwhelming time when you're faced with making the best, most informed choices. Those decisions start the minute we find out we're pregnant. We have doulas, midwives, birth educators, and doctors to share their knowledge, but we should do our own investigating in books, online, and through friends so it feels right and works best for us.
With this baby-having, I think every woman should have a birth plan. And then a plan in case that birth plan needs to change. Because it probably will and that's okay. What's not okay is having unnecessary procedures affecting us and our babies without us knowing why, and if any potential consequences could come from those procedures. I stumbled across a Consumer Reports article on what to reject when you're expecting. A must-read. Let's review.
Before we delve into these 10 procedures that no doubt will cause many to get upset and say, "But I needed that!" please know that if you did need any of the things on this list, that's precisely the point. Many of us do really need certain things to be done (I had three of these), but far too many don't. This also isn't about beating yourself up if you did any of these things in the past and wish you didn't. This list is here to inform, not enrage.
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What we should also note that it's in Consumer Reports because a hospital is still a business. You wouldn't go into a dentist, open your mouth, and say do whatever you want. You wouldn't go into a restaurant, give them your credit card, and say just feed me especially if you have any food allergies. You have choices. You're paying for it. You should make the best decisions for you. And when you're pregnant, this means the best choice for baby, too. Here is the list of often unnecessary procedures.
What do you think of these unnecessary procedures? Have any others to add?
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