Friday, September 23, 2011

LaborPro? Who's the Labor Pro?

Have you seen this video yet? The one that describes the latest in birth technology? 

I'm not sure how I feel about it? On the various online groups I am a part of there is a huge buz. Mostly in negative over this idea. But I'm not so sure it's a bad thing!

On one hand... how many more things are medical experts going to try to "control" in regards to the laboring women? You can't put labor in a box... it is different for everyone! Things like this will only limit women further in their birth processes. Placing them in a smaller box with which to perform! If the "data" is not right... or if the "technology" shows that things are not "normal" what will happen next?

On the other hand... fewer vaginal exams would be great! They cause to many issues in the first place... There really is no need for them. With this tool there will definitely be fewer of those! Also I think one of the *cool* things about this tool is that, if doctors are using it, there is no way they could scare tactic the mother into unnecessary interventions when everything is so "clearly" laid out on the monitor...

But on the other other hand... Labor cannot be placed in a box. So will scare tactic only worsen when doctors try harder to see mothers in this narrow window of labor progress? Will mothers be like "let me see, let me see" and loose focus on their actual labor?

What do you think? Is this a good idea?

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