Excessive medical intervention in childbirth


While a small proportion of women require dramatic surgical intervention to deliver a baby, most mothers require none of the expensive overprecautions used as normal maternity care. The movement of midwives and home birthing training have created a healthy alternative to the terrifying experience of hospitalization, overmedication and regimentation that surround the birthing process in most developed countries.

Counter Claim:

A desire by women for less medical intervention in childbirth could well mean a return to the widespread loss of lives during, before and after childbirth which was common as recently as 50 years ago. As a prominent obstetrician remarked, "If (women) don't wish to go by what we will do, they will make their own decision and that will be on their own heads".

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Date of last update
08.05.2019 – 19:56 CEST