Consumer Reports giving you the down low of safe and unsafe birthing practices in the US. The infant mortality rate in Canada is 25 percent lower than it is in the U.S.; the Japanese rate, more than 60 percent lower. America ranks behind 41 other countries in preventing mothers from dying during childbirth. One of the major culprits is unnecessary, costly (for you, profitable for them) medical interventions.
During a contraction the pressure is equalised throughout the fluid rather than directly squeezing the baby, placenta and umbilical cord. This protects the baby and his/her oxygen supply from the effects of the powerful uterine contractions. When the membranes have ruptured the placenta and baby get compressed during a contraction.
A Natural Alternative to Suturing by Denise Gilpin-Blake, LM, CCE, CLE and Summer Elliot, SM, RN, BSN, from Midwifery Today Issue 60, Winter 2001. "I then thought of a possible alternative. While on an Indian reservation, I had studied with a shaman and observed the use of seaweed to heal burns and deep lacerations. I suggested we use seaweed in a similar manner to promote healing of the tear."