This is a recent press release from Jennifer Block, author of Pushed.
PROVOCATIVE NEW WEB SITE & BLOG TELLS WOMEN WHAT TO REALLY EXPECT WHEN THEY GIVE BIRTH
August 30, 2007, New York — Just in time for Labor Day, Pushedbirth.com offers a source of candid, uncensored, must-know healthcare information not just for women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming so, but for anyone who's interested in how American women are giving birth today.
The U.S. may be known for its advancements in medical technology, but according to a 2006 survey, just 2% of pregnant women receive optimal care when they go to have the baby. Instead, most women have what author Jennifer Block calls a “pushed birth”: they are induced into labor or sped up with artificial hormones, labor and deliver lying flat on their backs, or, in nearly one-third of cases, give birth by major abdominal surgery.
Block, author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care (Da Capo, 2007), launched Pushedbirth.com as a resource for women who, she says, “aren’t being told what to really expect when they get to the hospital. If they’re like most women, they’ll be rushed through labor, confined to a bed, and more often than necessary, leave recovering from surgery or preventable injury. According to research, this treatment is not only unnecessary, but a detriment to mothers’ and babies’ health and well-being.”
Recent news that the U.S.’s maternal death rate rose for the first time in decades underscores the need for better maternity care practices. Says Block, “Women can and should seek out more optimal care.”
Pushedbirth.com was created to help women do just that. The site answers such questions as, “What’s a ‘Pushed Birth’?” “How can I avoid it?” and “Why not just schedule it?”
Pushedbirth.com is a must-read for a better birth. Best of all, it’s a quick read. With so many pregnancy guides beckoning at the bookstore, Pushedbirth.com provides an eye-opener in minutes. After viewers click through six content pages, they can follow links to other resources or scroll through the blog, which is updated daily with news, expert tips, and birth stories.
At Pushedbirth.com, women will learn that...
• Scheduling labor can put a baby at risk
• Epidural anesthesia can put a vagina at risk
• Electronic fetal monitors can do more harm than good
• Induced labor is more painful than normal labor
• Women should not be birthing flat on their backs