Essay about The Common Methods Of Medical Intervention

862 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
Childbirth in the United States can be a very diverse process for expecting parents (although the focus is generally on the mother, since she is the one that is physically pregnant.) Even though there are all of these options to choose from, many mothers will choose the more conventional options like a vaginal delivery with or without an epidural. Other options, like a water birth or using acupuncture/acupressure to cope with pain during labor, are not as common as those listed above. They are actually rising in popularity though, as less women want to have medication aiding them during labor. When it comes to common medical interventions in the United States, like cesarean sections or episiotomies, trends remain relatively high for these “emergency” procedures (although episiotomies are declining) (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC], 2014; Frankman, Wang, Bunker, & Lowder, 2009.) My opinion on the matter is that I do not prefer most of the common methods of medical intervention, but I can see the necessity in them for a diverse population like we have in the US. Vaginal deliveries are the most common; whether it is in a hospital, a birthing clinic, or elsewhere. Not only do the locations differ, but there are also different methods of vaginal birth. The two main branches of this include natural birth, with no pain-reducing drugs along with some way to cope with the pain, or normal birth with some type of pain-reducing drugs. 61% of women used…

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