A new study in the American Journal of Obsetrics and Gynecology finds that not only do one out of every three births in this country occur via cesarean section, the rate is expected to rise. These findings come with frightening consequences for women and their newborns.
The evidence continues to point to the negative impacts of unnecessary medical intervention during childbirth. Studies confirm that not only does labor induction lead to increased c-section rates but that the rate of induction is growing, to the detriment of the health of mothers and babies, as well.
Last week, a firestorm erupted in the birth and reproductive justice advocacy world over a statement generated by the NIH Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Consensus Development panel implying that in some circumstances a pregnant woman cannot refuse cesarean surgery.
The National Institutes of Health convened a conference to discuss a hotly debated topic–vaginal birth after cesarean section. Feminists are working to ensure that the voices of mothers are heard.