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Labor and Birth FAQs

Put simply, the cascade of interventions is what it’s called when using one medication (e.g. epidural) or intervention (e.g. induction) leads to more medical intervention. It’s a common occurrence for women who give birth in the hospital.

The most common negative outcomes of the cascade of interventions are

  1. c-section,
  2. preterm birth,
  3. problems breastfeeding,
  4. excessive bleeding, and
  5. dissatisfaction with the birth experience.

For an in-depth explanation, check out The Cascade of Interventions [Explained].

Sometimes, yes, giving birth can be painful. But sometimes it’s not! I honestly don’t believe childbirth inevitably equals pain. Even when it is “painful,” it’s more like intense discomfort than pain.

To learn more about why or why not you might experience pain during childbirth, check out Is Childbirth Painful? (The Answer Might Surprise You).

Let me say first: if you’ve given birth by c-section, you still gave birth! You are still a mother! Please don’t be ashamed by how you gave birth.

Now, if you’re anticipating your first birth and wondering about c-sections, there are some important things to know.

C-sections aren’t inherently bad. They can save lives. But they aren’t without risk. The three main downsides of c-sections are:

  1. It is major abdominal surgery.
  2. Vaginal births provide benefits to babies that c-sections don’t.
  3. One c-section has implications for all successive births.

To learn more, check out C-sections: Why and How to Avoid Having One.