15 Myths of Childbirth: Uncovering the Truth

by Birth Without Fear on November 2, 2010

Truth about childbirth, birth and pregnancy

Thanks to the AMA, ACOG, news media, Hollywood, and horror stories being passed down from generation to generation, there are many disheartening myths surrounding childbirth. Unfortunately these myths are taken as truth. In the coming weeks, we will shed light on a number of these myths. By revealing the truth, maybe we can get one step closer to birthing how God and nature intended us to.

Here are some myths of childbirth that will be discussed in the months to come:

  1. Doctors only do interventions that are truly necessary.
  2. Continuous fetal monitoring is safer than intermittent monitoring.
  3. You have to birth on your back.
  4. The umbilical cord: you have to cut and clamp the cord immediately after birth and if it is wrapped around the baby’s neck it is dangerous.
  5. Inductions: It is safe and if you are not induced you will not go into labor on your own.
  6. Labor begins when a pregnant mama’s water breaks and she must birth between 12-24 hours after it does.
  7. You can only push when dilated to 10 cm.
  8. You can not eat or drink in labor (or do anything else your body is telling you to).
  9. Going past your 40 week due date is dangerous.
  10. Babies often get too big to deliver vaginally.
  11. A c-section is easier and less painful than a vaginal birth.
  12. Epidurals don’t affect baby.
  13. Vaginal breech birth is unsafe.
  14. Vaginal Birth After Cesareans (VBAC) are dangerous.
  15. Homebirth is not safe, hospital birth is not safe, no birth is safe.

Do you see where I am going with this? It seems pretty much every thought surrounding birth is a myth. In all honesty, this frustrates me. This is gonna be fun!

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Miranda May 15, 2013 at 5:45 am

Myth number 4 caught my eye. I was uncomfortable on my back from very early my pregnancy. I arrived at the hospital at 10cm (because I knew that they would not allow me to eat or drink and I get super grumpy when hungry). A voice kept asking “Can you move on to your back?” and my wonderful Doula kept answering ‘No’. If I hadn’t been so busy giving birth I would have told that young Dr that I thought that she was there for my convenience and not the other way around.


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