10 Childbirth procedures to avoidIn the past couple hundred years, doctors have found many ways to make childbirth safer and less painful. But as many of us know first-hand, not all of the changes in modern childbirth have actually been good for laboring women or their babies. In fact, in the U.S., the rate of maternal deaths in childbirth is actually on the rise. So are the numbers of low-weight and premature births. What are we doing wrong? It could be our increasing reliance on unnecessary pregnancy procedures that prioritize convenience and cost-saving over the health of moms and babies.
Sometimes in pregnancy or labor, you find yourself in an emergency and your doctor intervenes to save your life or the life of your baby. But other times women are urged to go along with procedures that aren't medically necessary, and we may not even realize we have a choice. Here are 10 procedures expecting moms should avoid if you don't really need them.