- 0% Unnecessary Inductions*
- 0% Cesarean
- 100% Breastfeeding
*(before 42 weeks/medically necessary for Baby or Mother)
Someone asked me why I think none of my clients choose to have their labors induced when it’s so prevalent in our society. After some reflection, I think there are 3 key factors for this rate:
1) I’m so openly anti-unnecessary-induction for women/babies that women who are inclined to them don’t seek me out. Seriously. Given that Mom is objectively healthy and psychologically intact, and baby is objectively healthy and thriving, there is no reason other than selfish motivation to force a baby out before they are done gestating. I offer Moms some evidence-based research, they educate themselves, and they prepare mentally for the potential obstacles to a natural, physiological, birth. They have self-selected into my practice knowing how I feel. They are strong in their resolve to have a natural vaginal birth without unnecessary interventions.
2) Their partners were active participants – they also studied and learned about interventions that are commonly used in hospital birth, the potential effects, and the “package of interventions” that go together and what that means for labor and birth. They actively supported their partners in pursuing a natural, physiological birth. They weren’t apathetic – it wasn’t that they didn’t care and just put it all in the woman’s hands to decide – they also wanted the same things for the birth that the mother wanted.
3) Their providers were supportive of their choices. In every case, either the physician or the midwife at the birth “sat on their hands”. They were present and monitoring labor, providing support, but they were happy to sit back and let things unfold naturally. They offered various options, and even offered inductions at times, but they didn’t ever try to scare my clients. My clients reported feeling supported by their physicians and midwives. This is probably the single biggest factor. We put a lot of trust and faith into our providers.