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Women’s Right to Choose

Kudos to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for taking a step in the right direction.  Last week, they announced less restrictive guidelines for VBACs, twin births and other candidates for vaginal delivery.  ACOG realized their previous guidelines for when VBACs could occur essentially eliminated most of them.  They were so restrictive they’d radically increase

C-Section Scars 101

There’s no avoiding it. Pregnancy permanently changes you. Some women come through pregnancy with smooth bellies and unmarked skin but most of us have a few souvenirs like stretch marks, saggy skin, poochy tummies and surgical scars. Now that more than a third of all babies are delivered by c-section a third of all Moms have c-section scars. Here are a few FAQs about the most common surgical scar around.

The Truth About Fetal Distress

Electronic Fetal Heart monitoring (EFM) is the most common obstetric procedure performed in the United States. Intended to determine the baby’s well-being during labor, it’s now a routine element in at least 85 percent of labors, up from 45 percent in the 1980s. But it has proved to be a very imprecise tool.

How do readers feel about the c-section rate?

A couple weeks ago I asked readers if the rising c-section rate bothered you or if y’all were OK with the way things are going.  I also asked what you’d be willing to do to bring the ever-rising rate down.  The number of answers I received was, frankly, underwhelming.  Unlike my recent blog about whether kids should be banned from airplanes, which garnered something like 150 comments (when it was posted on

Better Births, Lower Costs


My Annual C-Section Rate Blog

It’s my annual “the c-section rate is still climbing” blog and once again, we’re breaking records. The data for 2007 (most current data available) was published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics. Drum roll, please…. here are the numbers:

C-Section Rate Reaches New Record

Despite enormous efforts by health experts to promote the benefits of natural childbirth, the rate of Cesarean sections continues to soar, The New York Times reports.

Birth Complications

“After my emergency Cesarean section, I was shell-shocked that I wasn’t pregnant anymore.” Jennifer O’Brien, East Greenbush, N.Y.

Why You Don’t Want a C-Section

When I hear women debate whether it’s better to have a vaginal birth or a Cesarean section, I’m able to offer a rare perspective: I experienced both—in the same delivery.

I popped out my first twin, Toby, the old-fashioned way. But my second little guy, Ian, was delivered by emergency C-section after his umbilical cord dropped down before he did, potentially compromising his oxygen supply.

Needless to say, I’m grateful to have had that C-section; but in the absence of an emergency situation like mine, I’d choose a vaginal delivery any day.

A Today Show Delivery

The Today Show ran a segment Tuesday morning about a scheduled c-section, live from the operating room.  First time parents allowed a film crew and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for the show, to tag along while their baby was born.  As I watched, I was filled with mixed emotions.  No matter how many times I’ve seen it, I’m still thrilled when a new baby arrives.  I love that moment when someone calls out, “It’s a boy!