How to Say “No” and Keep Your Baby’s Birth On Track

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Is your doctor doling out dangerous drugs to you during labor? Registered nurse and midwife Breck Hawk, author of Â?Hey! WhoÂ?s Having This Baby Anyway?Â? reveals the three most dangerous drugs offered to moms who are giving birth and shares how you can avoid them.

In 2001 there were 4,025,933 babies born in the United States. But babies aren’t the only thing being pushed in American hospitals. Every day women in labor are offered powerful drugs to “soothe the pain.” But what doctors or other providers

sometimes forget to tell you is that those drugs may cause serious adverse reactions — for both mother and baby.

“There may come a time in labor where you’ve had enough and simply want help coping,” says registered nurse and midwife Breck Hawk, author of Hey! Who’s Having This Baby Anyway? ( Metropolis Ink, $19.95, “But make sure that you consider the risks and make an informed decision that will positively affect your labor and your baby’s health.”

Hawk has over 27 years experience as a midwife, doula, prenatal instructor, and registered nurse specializing in maternity and neonatal intensive care. She has helped hundreds of women in both the United States and Canada give birth. Here she reveals the three most dangerous drugs offered during labor and shares suggestions to help you keep your labor on track without them:


1. Narcotics such as Nubian, Butorphanol, Fentanyl, Demoral and Morphine. These can slow down or stop labor if given too early. May also cause nausea and affect the baby’s heart rate.

2. Epidurals can slow down or even stop labor. May increase the need for oxytocin to stimulate contractions. May also lead to a C-section birth. May cause a drop in blood pressure, urinary retention, and postpartum bladder dysfunction as well as uncontrollable shivering, itching or nausea. Also affects the baby’s heart rate and can cause drowsiness

at birth or poor sucking reflex. May also interfere with the rotation of the baby in early labor, thus interfering with descent and dilation.

3. Pitocin. Adverse effects of this drug include hypotension or hypertension, rapid or uneven heart rate, anxiety, seizure, allergic reaction or uterine rupture.

Avoiding unnecessary pain medication is possible. Simply plan ahead to say “no” and have a good support team on your side to back up your decision during labor and your baby’s birth!

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