I have given birth in Israel 5 times in two different hospitals. I have never had an epidural. To be honest I do not need to try other birth positions. The average informed mother goes through the bulk of her labor process outside the hospital walls. My normal time to show up was when contractions were less than 3 minutes apart. I had only professional midwives. My family gave me warmth and attention. Both did what they were supposed to do. The truth is that the epidural was once reserved only for medical necessity. Today many young women are demanding it after hearing from their equally uninformed friends.If any change needs to be made it is in the totally unnecessary ultrasounds, 3D pictures, etc. I have heard from a midwife of 30 years that many of the younger midwives are not aquiring the ability to "feel" the baby that can be critical in a real time situation as they just look at the ultrasound.
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from the article: A mother's journey through Israel's failed birthing industry