This book is a must read for any couple contemplating parenthood. It not only points out that giving an across the board trust to an obstetrician is not a good idea, but cautions on how to select one. At no time in their lives will it be more important to be proactive.
The giving of drugs is routine, yet no drug is safe, especially for the baby. Drugs and anesthetics are frequently given for the convenience of the doctor. Women are also led to believe that they cannot possibly do this by themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rarely are parents warned of the possible harmful effects on the baby.
Doctors have a need to be in charge. It is difficult for them to give up the power and control that they are accustomed to in the practice of medicine.
However, birth is a natural phenomenon and should not be tampered with. In only two or three percent of the cases is intervention necessary.
Hospitals and anesthesiologists also benefit financially from obstetrical intervention, These are not in the best interest of new parents, or their babies. The consequences are huge for a society that is at risk.
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