The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned mothers that the inability to escape violence during pregnancy poses tremendous risk for both the expectant mother and the unborn child. Those risks can extend throughout early childhood.
While birth is a healthy, normal process for most women, it can also be very dangerous. How does a woman and her care provider determine if her pregnancy is high- or low-risk?
For most women, pregnancy and birth are natural, normal, healthy processes. Today, this idea is embraced by advocates of more natural birth, in midwifery, the medical community, and by expectant mothers.