Childbirth Connection has thrown its support behind the House’s health care reform bill because it takes a big step toward widening access to evidence-based maternity care.
Women are not “electing” to put their babies at risk by choosing c-section. Women being backed into a corner and told what’s best, then publicly shamed for “asking for it.”
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Recent opposition from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frustrates efforts of midwifery advocates to ensure safe and available home births for pregnant women who want them.
When the media covers the rising rate of c-section, it’s often ready to lay the blame at the feet of a woman we’re come to know well over the last few years — the busy career mom scheduling her delivery between important business deals. But while some moms may be requesting surgical birth, research shows that has little to do with the overall increase in c-section rates nationwide.