Cesarean Birth Awareness
April is Cesarean Awareness month. Cesarean birth isn’t wrong, bad, or somehow second best. Cesarean birth can wonderful, miraculous and welcome and has saved countless mothers and babies. Cesarean births are needful, and we will be grateful for their proper place. But are they overused? Sometimes preventable? When first measured in 1965, the national cesarean rate was 4.5%. Now it’s 31.9%. Almost 1 in 3 women in the U.S. now have surgical births. Why? We’ll explore reasons, resources and look at ways to help prevent unnecessary surgery that comes with its own risks to mothers and babies. For example, did you know that continuous labor support by a doula has been proven to reduce a woman’s risk of cesarean?