When women feel like they have the opportunity to actually decide how they want their childbirth experience to go, it reduces the stress, it improves the actual labor experience, it reduces the complications, it shortens labor in most cases, and it also improves the amount of attachment that mom feels to the experience, to the baby, it improves breastfeeding outcomes - it really makes quite a difference."
Did you know:
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections.
Studies show a substantial proportion of healthy pregnant women undergo at least one clinical intervention during labour and birth. They are also often subjected to needless and potentially harmful routine interventions.
And according to Dr. Saraswathi Vedam, a researcher with the Women’s Health Research Institute - 95% of women said it was “very important” or “important” that they lead decisions about their care. But very few said they were able to.
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes “high quality care” should encompass both service delivery and the woman’s experience.
Read more about how Genesa and our team of #womenshealthwarriors are working tirelessly to change the tide on women’s health.