‘Pushed Birth’ – what it is, and how to avoid having one.

September 1, 2007

A fantastic new American site has launched recently called:
Pushed Birth – What to expect. Really.

It is an anti-intervention (so tending to pro-natural) site, questioning routine medical intervention in labour and birth.

The site is here: http://pushedbirth.com/

What’s a ‘Pushed Birth’?
A pushed birth is one that is induced, sped up, and/or heavily medicated for no good reason, and all too often concludes with surgery, invasive instruments, an episiotomy, or a bad vaginal tear — outcomes you don’t want. Decades of research show that the healthiest birth for you and your baby — and that means your partner, your family, and your community — is a normal, vaginal birth with minimal intervention and maximum support.

This awesome website features news and articles debunking the ‘medical necessity’ of many of the pregnancy, labour and birth interventions, in a frank, slightly sarcastic & humorous, but very easy to read and digest format. It just makes sense!

It explains many of the interventions and why you should want to avoid them, and basically how and why to generally avoid having a medically ‘Pushed Birth’.

There’s a section on Previous Caesareans and VBACs here (including a summarised explanation of the recently published RCOG VBAC study risk stats in there):

If you’ve already given birth by cesarean section, you’ve probably heard the term VBAC (vee-back). It stands for, you guessed it, vaginal birth after cesarean.

And if you know that lingo, you probably know how controversial VBACs are. Your provider may be discouraging it, the hospital may not allow it, and your family and friends may be begging you not to do it.

Follow the link to find out the truth about VBAC: Previous C-section?

Another section deals with Inductions:

“It seems to make more sense in a lot of ways: your doctor or midwife may not be on call when you go into labor, your mom wants to buy her plane ticket, your office wants to plan for your absence, you’re worried about your water breaking while you’re in line at the post office. . . And now there are drugs to induce labor so that you can just set the date. Plus, maybe you’ve heard that it won’t really make a difference.”

So why not have an induction? Follow the link before now to find out: Why Not Schedule It?

Can you actually avoid Routine Medical Intervention?

Normally, women experience a host of routine medical interventions. But research shows that what a woman needs most in labor is support. Childbirth is a process that normally starts and progresses all on its own — the cervix begins to open, the uterus begins to contract, the baby begins to descend, and each of these accelerate until you can’t help but push the baby out. The body does this all by itself. Evidence-based care is essentially when the labor process is watched, supported, and protected with the least medical interference possible.

Follow the link below to find out ways to reduce your risk of being pushed: Can I Avoid It?


Find out about what and who Pushed Birth is here: About Pushed Birth