Toxic Epidural Leaves One Mother on Her Death Bed and Another Paralyzed for Life

While we know about the risks of birthing in a hospital such as the known side effects of interventions, I wonder how many medical accidents affect birthing woman?  And how would we find out about them?

This link leads to a story about a mother who was accidently administered an antiseptic into her spine during labour. She is currently dying and there is nothing that is known that can help her. Another woman who also fell victum to this mistake was administered way less and was left paralyzed for life.

We must really look at the truth about hospital birth. It comes with it’s own increased risks and does not guarantee a safe outcome for mother and baby (the way we are commonly led to believe that it does). Rarely, if ever, do parents weigh in hospital negligence or accidents when choosing to birth in the hospital-just in case.

“Epidural administration of chlorhexidine – used to clean skin before injections and strong enough to neutralise resistant hospital bacteria – is so rare that Ms Wang’s doctors have identified only one other case.

Angelique Sutcliffe, from Britain, was paralysed for life after the chemical entered her epidural in 2001. But this was just a droplet – a fraction of the eight millilitres infused into Ms Wang.”

http://www.theage.com.au/national/toxic-epidural-ravages-mother-20100820-1390i.html

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Ultrasound- More powerful, more dangerous, more unethical

“The embryo is submitted to a forward force every time a pulse passes through it. As medical physicist Dr Frances Duck points out, diagnostic Doppler ultrasound causes higher exposure than normal scans, and can heat soft tissue. [4] (From many human and animal studies we know that raised temperatures can cause abnormalities.)”
http://www.aims.org.uk/Journal/Vol11No4/ultra2.htm

Melatonin Synergizes with Oxytocin to Enhance Contractility of Human Myometrial Smooth Muscle Cells

Physiological understanding of why it is important for women to be supported to labour in the dark!

Labouring under fluorescent lighting is a technological interruption to the labouring woman’s progress. Let the simple things not be underestimated for their effect on labour and birth outcomes. Simply turn off the lights!

Thanks to http://birthfaith.blogspot.com/2010/06/melatonins-role-in-labor-progress.html we found the link to this awesome study!
 “[Melatonin] synergizes with [oxytocin] to promote [uterine smooth muscle] contractions and to facilitate gap junction activity [in a controlled testing environment]. Such a synergy in [a living human] would promote coordinated and forceful contractions of the late term pregnant uterus necessary for [childbirth].”

Please go here for the abstract:
http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/94/2/421

Technology in Birth- First Do No Harm

“We should not be surprised with the recent poor track record of high-tech birth. For many decades in the middle of the 20th century the number of babies dying around the time of birth was decreasing. This was due not to medical advances but mainly to such social advances as less severe poverty, better nutrition and better housing. Most important, the decrease in mortality was due to family planning, resulting in fewer women with many pregnancies and births. Medical care also was responsible for some of the decreasing mortality of babies, not because of high-tech interventions but because of basic medical advances, such as the discovery of antibiotics and the ability to give safe blood transfusions. There has never been any scientific evidence that high-tech interventions such as the routine use of electronic fetal monitoring during labor decrease the mortality rate of babies.”

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/technologyinbirth.asp

If ultrasound destroys sperm, why is it safe for a fetus?

“Bill Gates has funded a new technology that uses ultrasound to cause infertility in men, a type of “ultrasonic birth control” that destroys testes production for up to six months. Today I dare to ask the question that makes many new parents uncomfortable: If ultrasound destroys normal testes function, how can it be safe for a fetus? ”

http://www.naturalnews.com/028853_ultrasound_fetus.html

Maternal Oxygen Administration

There is not enough evidence to support maternal oxygen administration during labor for decreasing fetal distress.

http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab000136.html

Obstetrics: Cutting the Cord Too Soon – TIME

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,830142,00.html

Why do doctors still use forceps when they killed our baby?

What are your thoughts on this tragic story?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1253013/Forceps-killed-baby-doctors-using-them.html

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