2 responses to “Long Labours”

  1. womantowomancbe

    The World Health Organization’s “Safe Motherhood” guidelines says, “The number of vaginal examinations should be limited to the strictly necessary; during the first stage of labour usually once every 4 hours is enough.” I’m not sure why hospitals find it necessary to check more frequently than this.

    I’m so glad you’ve written this article — it’s important that women know they’re real rights and what the evidence actually shows.\


  2. MsMoo

    I love this article by Wagner. Its my fave as it describes the potential for the cascade of intervention very succintly and the skewed logic of the medical paradigm surrounding birth.
    Its one I pass on to friends without having to get on my homebirth ‘high horse’.