The Way Women Give Birth In France Is Changing

Giving Birth

There is a study that was recently conducted by the National Institute for Research and health that showed that the way French women give birth is changing. The report showed that 20 percent of women give birth via C-section, and this number has been dropping since 2010. The number of women getting episiotomies is also decreasing. Less than 30 percent of women today get episiotomies.

Episiotomies, which involve cutting the mother's perineum, is often used during a difficult delivery. The perineum is the area between the vagina and anus. The purpose of an episiotomy is to prevent further damage from tearing. However, there has been a lot of debate about whether this procedure is really necessary. There is also a lot of debate about whether this procedure does more harm than good.

Fewer women are getting oxytocin injections. Synthetic oxytocin is used to stimulate uterine contractions. It is often used along with an epidural. Using epidural can slow down contractions. Studies have shown that using oxytocin along with epidural can increase the risk of postpartum hemorrhage.

Paul Cesbron is a gynecologist. He stated that using drugs during delivery can change birth conditions. He stated that he is not totally against using medication because it is sometimes necessary. However, he believes that it is overused.

Researchers are also concerned about the fact that there are more underweight babies. Babies in urban areas are more likely to be underweight. Rising pollution is one of the things that is causing babies to be underweight. Not only are unborn babies being exposed to pollution from the environment, but they are also being exposed to cigarette smoke. Smoking is harmful for both mothers and unborn babies.

There are also more pregnant obese women today than there were in the past. Additionally, there are more mothers who are over the age of 35.

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