Want to have a mother-friendly birth? 10 questions to ask

 

9. Do you circumcise baby boys?
Medical research does not show a need to circumcise baby boys. It is painful and risky. Mother-friendly birth places discourage circumcision unless it is for religious reasons.

10. How do you help mothers who want to breastfeed?
The World Health Organization made this list of ways birth services support breastfeeding:

  • They tell all pregnant mothers why and how to breastfeed.
  • They help you start breastfeeding within one hour after your baby is born.
  • They show you how to breastfeed. And they show you how to keep your milk coming in even if you have to be away from your baby for work or other reasons.
  • They see that newborns get only breast milk. (However, there may be a medical reason they cannot have it right away.)
  • They encourage you and the baby to stay together all day and all night. This is called "rooming-in."
  • They encourage you to feed your baby whenever he or she wants to nurse, rather than at certain times.
  • They should not give pacifiers ("dummies" or "soothers") to breastfed babies.
  • They encourage you to join a group of mothers who breastfeed. They tell you how to contact a group near you.
  • They have a written policy on breastfeeding. All the employees know about and use the ideas in the policy.
  • They teach employees the skills they need to carry out these steps.

 

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