During labor, a mother will feel a strong urge to push with her pelvic muscles to help the baby out of her body. But according to a report by Mother.ly, some mothers are being told not to push when their bodies are telling them to do it. This can cause injury to the baby.
The reason they’re told not to push is that the doctor or midwife isn’t ready to receive the baby yet. In some cases, this is valid. For instance, if the baby is experiencing shoulder dystocia or there is a problem with the umbilical cord, adding pressure could injure the child.
However, some mothers have said that nurses have forced babies back into the birth canal. Delaying pushing also makes labor last longer and increases the risk of infections and bleeding. It can also cause damage to the mother’s pelvic floor.
Some mothers have been able to win lawsuits against hospitals who forced them not to push during labor. It depends on the situation, like all medical malpractice cases.
If the reason is due to a shortage of doctors or beds, this is a serious problem that can lead to charges of negligence. Mothers do not have control over when their babies are born.