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Sure, some C-sections are necessary. But why are American doctors so quick to break out the knife? What you need to know about the trend, including why unnecessary C-sections do more harm then good.
While there are certain universal markers for the different stages of labor, not all women experience labor in the same way or at the same pace. When a woman is in active labor and her labor slows down or stops, it is referred to as “stalled labor.” Reasons for the stall can include a slowing down of contractions, contractions without dialation, or the baby not descending, despite contractions still occurring.
The childbirth educator, doula and author of many books (most recently When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman but probably most famously for
Unless you’re a detective or have the last name Woodward or Bernstein, you may not feel all that comfortable asking your OB-GYN difficult questions. Why? They can make your subject—and you—uncomfortable, squirmy or standoffish.
When it’s time to deliver your baby, you’ll want the most current information dictating how your OB-GYN or midwife handles your birth.
Most everyone agrees that evidence-based medicine, or practices shown in high-quality studies to be best for moms and babies, should rule in labor and delivery rooms.
People are shocked—SHOCKED!—at the news in a recent study that spells out one of the glaring reasons why our Cesarean section rate is so ridiculously high. According to a new study conducted by the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health and published in the journal Health Affairs, C-section rates vary tenfold throughout the United States—ranging from 7.1 percent to 69.9 percent.
We've all heard the buzz about healthy gut bacteria (probiotics, anyone?). Well a recent study has found that Cesarean sections and baby formula may disrupt the "good" bacteria in newborns' intestines, according to a New York Times report on a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
No matter what type of birth you’re planning (and hoping) for, you shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a Cesarean section. While the C-section delivery rate recently declined for the first time in 14 years—from 32.9 percent in 2009 to 32.8 percent in 2010—the number of women delivering via C-section in the United states is still approaching 1 in 3, and about 61 percent of those are first-time surgeries, mainly C-sections performed when problems arise during labor.
We’re always harping about what women should do to avoid having a C-section around here. Most women are pretty motivated to avoid that surgery (the #1 surgical procedure performed in America, by the way), but some women have emailed or commented that they don’t see what the big ol’ deal is. It’s a safe surgery, right? It’s just another way to get that baby out, right? If it means they don’t have to push for hours, then all the better. Some women say their doctor wants them to have a C-s