Preventing Cesareans

NPR: Causes of the World’s Cesarean Epidemic

Cesarean rates are rising around the world but there are also countries where more surgical births are critically needed. This miraculous surgery has saved many lives but the current epidemic is increasing dangers for mothers and their babies. On NPR’s Science Friday, a female obstetrician (OB) from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center courageously lays …

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Protecting Your Pregnancy in a Toxic World

Da Problem Pesticides, toxins, electromagnetic fields and excess radiation flood our environment. Consider these facts: Western men are experiencing 50% of normal sperm counts! A Kaiser study found that carrying your cell phone on your body significantly increased miscarriages. Women who ate less organic foods had more babies with hypospadias, a penis defect. Women who …

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Research Shows How Educated Midwives Benefit Women!

The vast majority of midwives in the United States (U.S.) are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). CNMs are licensed and have prescriptive authority in every state. CMs are licensed in five states. According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of January 2012 there are 12,622 CNMs and 73 CMs in the United …

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Marina’s Triumphant Birth

 Why don’t we have more births like Marina’s in U.S. hospitals?  My focus is helping women have the most optimal birth experiences possible, whether they are carrying a healthy or high- risk pregnancy, and whether the birth is happening in a huge medical center, a birth center or in their home. Newborns clearly can have gentle …

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Resources to Decrease Cesareans

There will always be cases where C-sections are medically necessary, but experts agree that doctors perform far too many. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your baby from an Unnec-Cesarean.  What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Infographic) Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Booklet) Camino Hacia un …

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Find a Midwife!

Find a Nurse-Midwife This Nurse-Midwife locator will help you find practices with one or more American College of Nurse-Midwife members which can be Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs). CMs are formally educated midwives but are not nurses. CNMs can practice legally in all 50 states but it unfortunate that physician organizations commonly influence …

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Home Birth Research: Only 5.2% Cesareans

This large and exciting study demonstrates that midwifery care with different types of midwives is an option for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies including women carrying their first child. Women need to understand the differences in types of midwives available to them and choose their birth attendant carefully. Home birth is safest when there is …

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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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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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