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Things that improve your chance of birthing without medical intervention

I have written and re-written this post several times.
It’s about childbirth, you see. Is there anything more personal and political than baby-making (or not making)? Even the most well intentioned writing can ignite a firestorm of comments about what women ‘should’ or ‘should not’ be doing with their bodies when they are pregnant or giving birth.
I’ll be as upfront and transparent as I can. This blog post is about evidence-based choices* that women can make to reduce their chance of experiencing medical intervention in childbirth. It is based on this great video(where you can find more details about the research) of a conference presentation by Associate Professor Yvette Miller.^
Explainer: By ‘medical intervention’ I mean such things as the use of episiotomy (when a clinician makes a cut to increase the size of the opening of the vagina), forceps, or caesarean section (when a cut is made in a woman’s abdomen and uterus to birth her baby). Most (but not all) women indicate a preference…

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