Infants in this country are more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday as those in Japan and Finland. And America now ranks behind 59 other countries in preventing mothers from dying during childbirth and is one of only eight countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and El Salvador, whose maternal mortality rate is rising.

There are plenty of articles to read about what to do to improve your chances at a positive birth experience. These are 10 procedures a low risk woman should AVOID to have a positive birth experience. Want to know why? Click on the link below.

1. A C-Section With a Low-Risk First Birth
2. An Automatic Second C-Section
3. An Elective Early Delivery
4. Inducing Labor Without a Medical Reason
5. Ultrasounds After 24 Weeks
6. Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring
7. Early Epidurals
8. Routine Rupture of Membranes
9. Routine Episiotomies
10. Sending Newborns to the Nursery

African-American infants are more than twice as likely to die than white babies and African-American mothers are three to four times more likely to perish from pregnancy-related complications than white mothers.

Want to know why? Educate yourself here:
Consumer Reports: What to Reject When You’re Expecting