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Book coverThe natural process of birth increasingly involves medical intervention, but the benefits of this trend are questionable at best. The inexorable growth in operative delivery rates is not validated by tangible improvements in perinatal outcomes. Rather, maternal morbidity has risen significantly. Apart from its physical impact, giving birth is one of the most profound emotional experiences in a woman’s life, but women’s satisfaction with childbirth remains a cause for common concern. Despite all good intentions, modern maternity care is often perceived as professional but impersonal, and labor is not infrequently described as a traumatic or even “dehumanizing” experience. This must be changed.

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