World Health Organization: Rein In Those Cesareans

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement about the high global rate of cesarean deliveries.1 Medically necessary C-sections can be exceedingly beneficial for the mother and baby and rates of 10%, but no more than 15% should be the goal. If the rate of C-sections is higher than 10% in populations with moderate …

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Mayo Clinic’s Midwives

 In the U.S., most births that involve midwives are in hospitals.1 A study in the U.K. has shown that low-risk births with midwives are safer than low-risk births by obstetricians in hospitals. British obstetricians in the U.K. frequently perform cesarean delivery, forceps delivery, and anesthesia injected into the spinal canal that could have been avoided. At …

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Harvard & the Nurse-Midwife Solution

Harvard Magazine states that an estimated 85% of pregnant women reach full term without complications in the U.S. which is an oft quoted statistic. This article is a thoughtful exploration of the “unnec-cesarean” issue and includes interviews with Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) on how midwives are part of the solution. Harvard notes 33% of babies in …

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Consumer Reports: 9 Procedures To Consider Avoiding

The Consumer Reports article entitled, “What to Reject When You Are Expecting”, acknowledges that “medical expediency often takes priority over the best outcomes and evidence-based treatments”. The U.S. birth assembly line is often influenced by convenience even when it is ethically questionable. Nine procedures are listed to be cautious about because they can interfere with …

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Consumer Reports: Choose Your Hospital Carefully!

The hospital in which you choose to have your baby has a greater impact on your chances of having a C-section, than do your age, your weight, and whether you have diabetes. How busy a hospital is and the location of the hospital can raise your risk of a C-section dramatically. By now you are …

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Consumer Reports: Question Obstetrical Procedures

  Expectant mothers and their families commonly do not understand the risks to themselves and their babies from routine interventions. Even the electronic fetal monitor that healthy women are often continuously attached to in labor leads to many unneeded surgical deliveries. Too many women are agreeing to have an induced labor, epidurals, episiotomy (vaginal incision), …

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Expert Recommendations to Avoid “Unnec-Cesareans” & Enjoy Your Birth

Make informed health care decisions that are right for you, practice extreme self-care, use pregnancy and labor for conscious personal growth and prepare holistically for labor. Make Informed Health Care Decisions Choose a hospital with a low cesarean rate as it is the most important choice you can make. There are hospitals that have rates …

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Unnec-Cesareans: The Real Reasons

Many forces come together to create this current crisis of preventable and needless cesareans. But the most important, is that our culture, and thereby medical system, continues to be a patriarchal (male-dominated thought) system. Any doubt about this? Consider the rampant rates of abuse that women and vulnerable children suffer every day or the 2017 …

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Cesareans: The Real Risks

A C-section is major abdominal surgery that requires anesthesia. A six-inch incision is cut through the skin, fascia (fibrous tissue surrounding muscles and other organs), abdominal lining, and the thick uterine muscle. The abdominal six-pack muscles need to be separated surgically. There are many risks and potential dangers for mom and baby from the surgery …

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Birth Defect: History of American Birth

The Midwifery Era High Touch, Low Tech Since time immemorial, women have traditionally given birth surrounded by trusted females and overseen by a midwife-healer-herbalist. Amazingly, we can date colonial birth history back to 1587 when Virginia Dare, the first American-born child of English parents was born. Fortunately, birth in America was safer than in England …

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