Minimal Intervention Birth

dr. susan goltz
By Susan Goltz, MD, FACOG Obstetrics & Gynecology | St. Luke's OB-GYN, Lester River Medical Clinic
About the Author:
My OB patient care philosophy is as follows: My goal in caring for OB patients is to try to match the experience that they want with the experience that they get—if not, even better! I have learned that patients have very different expectations and goals for their birth experience. I try to help them have the experience that they want. If the plan changes because of the unpredictable nature of the birth process, I want to be able to explain the situation and guide them along a new path.

How St. Luke’s provides moms with maximum options for minimal intervention

Some may think that giving birth in a hospital means giving up control over their birth experience, but that is not the case at St. Luke’s Birthing Center. We love working with each mom to provide the birth experience she’s always dreamed of. For some, that means using medications and procedures to help the process along. For others, it means keeping birth as natural as possible through minimal intervention.

What is minimal intervention?

In short, minimal intervention means interfering with the birth process as little as possible. At St. Luke’s, it means our moms have lots of options, especially when it comes to dealing with pain in a non-medicated way. They can use birthing balls or a labor tub to work through their contractions. Nitrous oxide and aromatherapy are available to help manage pain and promote relaxation. If they don’t want to deliver on their back in a bed, we will work with them to create the experience they have in mind instead.  If they don’t want to wear a hospital gown, they can wear their own clothes while delivering. As long as what they want doesn’t interfere with their safety or the safety of their little one, we always want to accommodate.

What are the benefits?

A non-medicated birth allows a mom to experience the full intensity and sensation of labor and delivery. It also requires less monitoring post-delivery and can even mean a faster recovery for some.

What are the risks?

While there’s always some risk in childbirth, there is no increased risk in a minimal intervention birth, especially when delivering in a hospital. At St. Luke’s, moms are able to give birth in a quiet, calm and supportive environment, while still having immediate access to a team of expert medical professionals who are able to address any complications that might arise.

Why we offer it

At St. Luke’s Birthing Center, we believe in giving our moms options. We want every birthing experience to be special, and we’re happy to work with each mom to support her unique vision. By providing minimal intervention options in a medical facility setting, we are able to give moms the control they want while also keeping them safe. Often, this leads to incredible experiences for both mom and baby, which we feel privileged to share in.

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