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Video: Hospital Childbirth
This is a great example of unnecessary interventions. These women seem to be trying to dig the baby out. They are pulling the babies head, pushing on the mom’s stomach. It is nightmarish. Wow. Notice how the poor infant is poked and prodded and slapped. Now go watch a natural birth video right now.

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Natural Childbirth – who has written posts on A Much Better Way.


21 Responses to “Video: Hospital Childbirth”

  1. Why are all these hospital birth videos you show and so vehemently criticize obviously from foreign countries? In the US, doctors spend years in school learning how to deliver children and are have to pay very steep fines if anything goes wrong; so your claims that they risk the safety of the baby and the mother seem unfounded. The baby is too young to form solid memories of the birth or years after, so a spanking then will be forgotten in 5 minutes. I’m beginning to wonder what you have to gain besides the advertising royalties from this site…

    Posted by don juan | March 20, 2008, 6:25 am
  2. Don Juan,

    Thank you for you comment. The US doctors spend years learning how to deliver babies with maximum speed and to maximize profit. That is not always in the best interest of the babies (in fact, it never is).
    Many experts believe that birth trauma is cemented in a baby’s brain and makeup. Why hit a child in the first place? It is totally unnecessary.
    That is really the point of my site. These interventions are painful, dangerous and unnecessary. They harm the mothers and the babies and the birthing attendants profit tremendously from it.
    I will be more than happy to post more videos of US births. There are plenty of medical birthing videos to choose from.
    This website exists to show women that there are alternatives and that they can stand up and take charge of their birthing process and they do not have to submit to the doctors whim and Mercedes payment.

    Posted by naturalchildbirth | March 20, 2008, 1:20 pm
  3. nicely

    Posted by agus bily | June 13, 2008, 4:01 am
  4. I don’t disagree that a child might forget birth trauma (I haven’t – thanks to doctors failure to diagnose shoulder dystocia I ended up with a broken collar bone and severe claustrophbia). But what about the mother? Having extreme intervention can result in birth trauma and unnessecary fear about subsequent births. If there is an easier way to do it (and I’m not in the US. Here in the UK, speed of births comes down to lack of midwifes and extreme pressure places on hospital birth facilities/risk of legal action which makes medical personnel force things more than even they might feel comfortable with). If this website can comfort women and make them realise that they are the best judge of how they are giving birth, and gives them the courage (medical evidence of serious complications excluding) that they can give birth naturally and avoid medical involvement, then that can only be good for everyone surely?

    Posted by Mrs Beever | June 16, 2008, 10:39 pm
  5. @Mrs Beever:

    Thank you!!

    That is really the goal of this site. Many women simply do not realize that there are other options and that the motives of most birthing attendants is to save time and make money. It is up to us to research all options and protect our own safety and dignity.

    Posted by Natural Childbirth | June 16, 2008, 10:55 pm
  6. arhg, I don’t think I will sleep good tonight

    Posted by Paris | August 1, 2009, 4:30 pm
  7. Your baby birth is great thing to memorize. Years ago not all people are able to have it. But thanks to the technology development. Now we can record every detail of the precious moment in our life.

    Posted by Lilian | November 20, 2009, 10:19 pm
  8. errr… that is disturbing. What a timely trip to this post, it’s Christmas tomorrow here =).

    Happy holidays.

    Posted by Kim | December 23, 2009, 9:41 pm
  9. This is absolutely appalling. It’s terrible to think in this day and age that child birth can still be this bad. People need to know the other options available to them

    Posted by Ezineshopper | February 4, 2010, 9:41 am
  10. These women probably think they are skilled. I would point blank refuse to have people like that at any birth of mine. I had 2 babies unassisted, I didnt have to do anything I didnt feel necessary, didn’t cut the cord immediately, didn’t weigh and measure, ate and drank what I liked and when I liked, didnt look to see what gender my baby was straight away,didnt continually mop up my evil woman juices, had no vaginal ‘exams’,no coached pushing, no time limits, no inductions, no drugs,no dreadful breastfeeding nurse, no restraints,no monitors,no strangers parading back and fore trying to insert things in my vagina, no confidence & self-esteem breakdown etc etc I would see no purpose in having these ‘helpers’ around. The women who birth this way are totally helpless,devoid of any say in whats happening to them or their babies, totally degrading and very expressive of a womans place in this society.More women should open their eyes to the realities of just how misogynist these managed births are, we really are just meat to them and they have no idea about the birth process also why are they hitting the baby???idiots!

    Posted by Mary | March 22, 2010, 3:07 pm
  11. This makes me sick to be honest. Where is the respect for another person’s body? I had both my children naturally and I strongly believe there is a significant impact on a baby with a difficult birth. The first years last forever and are the most important and make us who we are. I always thought of that while birthing that I want my kids to have the best start possible!

    Posted by Soph | May 15, 2010, 5:24 pm
  12. omg!! this are Not trained nurses!! i cant believe they are allowed to do this to da baby…..and i cant imagine the pain the mother had to go through…..

    Posted by red123 | June 26, 2010, 10:01 pm
  13. It’s not apparent what the clinical scenario was that led to this expedited delivery. Maybe there were signs of fetal distress?
    This newborn baby is also not very responsive immediately after deliver in this video. Therefore more stimulation was necessary to arouse the baby’s own respiratory drive. In the video the baby does not respond until suctioning is carried out.
    Most of the time childbirth is a wonderful process with a beautiful outcome. When the natural delivery process is not going well, it’s important to have trained health care personnel available.
    Full disclosure: I am a board certified Ob/Gyn

    Posted by Alok Kumar | July 29, 2010, 4:09 am
  14. In a study of more than 3,700 U.S. married or cohabitating couples who’d had at least one pregnancy, researchers found that those who’d suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth were more likely to break up in subsequent years than couples who had a baby.

    Posted by mike | August 5, 2010, 11:40 pm
  15. i want to understand it

    Posted by lucy | August 24, 2010, 12:01 am
  16. This doesn’t just happen in other countries.
    Doctors in the USA, are WORSE then this!

    Doctors Need to BUTT OUT and let the baby and mother do their Job!

    Doctors need to learn that birth IS normal and maybe the USA Mortality Rates will start to drop!

    Posted by Heather | September 23, 2010, 8:33 am
  17. I had a similar experience and it was awful! My baby was all blue and purple in the face form forceps. But things are changing very slowly here in Spain…

    Posted by chris | September 29, 2010, 12:21 am
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  21. Maybe this baby was having problems and they lacked the tools to do a C/S. I agree it is horrific, but the baby did not seem very responsive once he was out. There could be more to the picture. Just saying.

    Posted by Momof2 | August 31, 2011, 10:17 am

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