Medieval maternal torture device?

*and now more invasive……whoo hoo

Birth Track

I am totally mortified by this device that has cervical clamps to measure dilation….I think this is actually sadder than the AMA wanting to outlaw homebirth

Check out birth activist’s post on Birth Track, she actually spoke to a company rep. about their machine and reveals some interesting insights about birth in the US, and the machine in general

from her talk with the company rep

I next inquired about the ability to move around. He explained that there are two phases of labor, the latent phase and the active phase, and that during the latent phase is when the doctor wants the woman to walk the hallways and move around, but once she is dilated to 3 – 4 centimeters she is going to be in a lot of pain and will want to stay in bed. He told me that contractions will be so bad at this point that women wont be able to stand up through them.

I went out to eat Chinese food when I was 6cm dilated…….hehehe

He told me that the epidural causes cesareans because, since there is no pain, then oxytocin is not released, which stops progression of labor. I pointed out that another issue with an epidural is that the woman is laying on her back in bed, and not moving around to facilitate the baby being able to move through the pelvis, and her pelvis can’t move to allow for the baby to come through it. He then finally saw what I was getting at and assured me that women could move with the device on. He said they could roll in bed, squat by the bed, or use other positions, by the bed. They can not walk around unless they disconnect the machine, which he indicated would be no problem at all and that women can do this easily to use the bathroom.

I’m a little shocked by this, usually the standard line is an epidural has no side effect on labor or the baby.

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