The body has many natural ways to give birth, and studies show that medical procedure is often unnecessary, and sometimes can be dangerous.

Any pregnant woman in Pennsylvania may be nervous as the due date of her delivery comes closer. It is always possible that complications can arise during the birthing process. One thing both parents and doctors should know is that the body is fully equipped to deliver a baby. The ideal childbirth is one in which there is minimum medical intervention necessary.

Let nature take its course

A study recently published by the Journal of Perinatal Education claims that many hospitals disrupt the natural process of birth with overly restrictive settings and by intervening too much. Some medical practices, such as directed pushing, can be stressful and pose a risk of harm. The natural birthing practices in the following list are supported by evidence, according to the writers of the study.

· Lying on the back is actually an inefficient position for giving birth. It is helpful for the body to change positions regularly.

· Medical interventions should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Even IVs are often unnecessary if the patient can eat and drink normally. Epidurals disrupt the body's signal to the brain to release oxytocin, and with electronic fetal monitoring, cesarean sections are more likely.

· It has been shown that having caring friends and family around makes it less likely for women to experience postpartum pain, and the presence of such a support group also lowers the likelihood that the woman will request pain medication.

· Less blood loss, a lower rate of perineal injuries and more favorable heart patterns for fetuses are all correlated with walking and regular movement during labor.

· Early induction of labor can be dangerous for the baby. Every day, a baby matures more as it prepares for delivery, growing a layer of fat and more developed lungs, and induced labor interferes with that process.

Many hospitals have a high cesarean rate, and it is shown that the regular practice of intervening with the way the body is naturally designed to give birth may be associated with this high frequency.

Signs that a c-section is too risky

There are certain factors that amplify the risk involved with getting a cesarean. Previous c-sections can lead to unwanted complications. If the mother's pelvis is unusually shaped, it can make a c-section more difficult to perform. When the mother has higher blood pressure than normal, the procedure may be too risky. Also, if there are multiple babies being delivered, the surgery can be problematic.

Mothers in Pennsylvania who have been injured while giving birth or who have had their children suffer from birth injuries may be able to receive financial compensation for pain and suffering and to help pay expensive treatment costs. They may benefit from seeking the advice of an attorney who is experienced and specializes in personal injury law. The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller has nearly 100 years of combined experience serving clients in medical malpractice and birth injuries in the Greater Reading Area and communities. The firm offers free consultations.