A typical physician-attended hospital birth today looks very little like a home birth of a century ago. The past century has brought numerous changes in childbirth technology, including tests and procedures during pregnancy, how the baby’s well being is monitored during labor, and birth practices. There are pros and cons to many of these changes.
i. Tests and procedures
Providers offer women an array of screening and diagnostic tests during their pregnancy.
ii. Monitoring the baby’s well being
Intermittent monitoring during labor is the recommended practice, but many hospitals monitor continuously.
iii. Birth practices
Cesarean sections and inductions of labor have become much more common.
iv. The use of apps in planning and monitoring pregnancy