Mothers have heard it. “The doctor knows best…” and “You’ve got a healthy baby, what more could you ask for?” But maybe you could have asked for—and received—so much more. With the skyrocketing cesarean rate, not to mention the increased rates of induction, artificial rupture of membranes, and long-known over-use of episiotomies and more, it’s enough to make us wonder if all of this is necessary. Join Marie and her guest, Dawn Thompson, as they give some eye-opening information about how women need to be fully prepared with the evidence, plan ahead to ask the right questions, assert themselves the boss of their own body, and have a knowledgeable advocate. Marie points out how interventions in birth spill over onto the breastfeeding and postpartum experience.