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Women typically spend spend a large portion of their labor hooked up to machines in bed while laboring in the hospital.

You CAN say no to the fetal monitor, but you’ll need to bring your own doppler — and nurse

Imagine a woman in labor at the hospital.  How she is moving?  Where is she in the room?  What is she doing?  Probably you see a woman lying down in the bed, wearing a hospital gown, hooked up to various monitors, straps and tubes.

In some high-risk labors these procedures may truly be necessary for the safety of moms and babies (or for women using epidural medications).  Most healthy low-risk women do not need to be hooked up to anything in order to safely birth a baby.  Imagine how different hospital birth would be if most women could move around as they pleased without any sensors or straps attached to them.  Imagine women moving instinctively, following their own inner rhythm and positioning themselves in ways that made their bodies feel powerful, relaxed, and productive. Read more