"A new report released today by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) revealed that from 1996 to 2007, cesarean rates increased for all women regardless of age, race, Hispanic origin, state of residence or gestational age of their infant(s) at birth.
In 2007, 32% of the approximately 1.4 million births in the United States were by cesarean section, the highest rate ever recorded in the United States and higher than the rates in most industrialized countries. The cesarean rate increased most rapidly between 2000 and 2007."
Click here to read the entire article on The Unnecesarean, an informational and activist blog.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) now recommends that women who become pregnant after a previous cesarean birth be given clear, medically accurate information from their physician when making a decision regarding how she chooses to give birth. NIH also recommended that ACOG regulations that have been restricting the availability of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) be re-evaluated in hopes of decreasing routine repeat cesarean rates.
Click here to read the entire study from NIH.
Continuous fetal monitoring does not improve outcomes, raises intervention rate
A study of laboring women showed that continuous external fetal monitoring (EFM) done by machine does not improve neonatal outcomes for the average mother. In fact, the restriction of movement and loss of certain coping methods (such as hydrotherapy) associated with EFM was found to have negatively affected women and made the machinery the main focus of birth.
Click here to read the entire study from The Cochrane Library.
A growing number of women want childbirth to be a natural process, not a medical one.
Click here to read the entire article on ABC News.
A recent article about inducing labor between 37-41 weeks as a method to "prevent c-sections and improve outcomes".
Click here to read the entire article on Citizens for Midwifery.
New studies show the practice has a role in rising costs and complications during labor.
Click here to read the entire article on The Los Angeles Times.
Outcomes of Planned Homebirths with Certified Professional Midwives: Large Prospective Study in North America
Despite a wealth of evidence supporting planned homebirth as a safe option for women with low-risk pregnancies, the setting remains controversial in most high-resource countries. Views are particularly polarized in the United States, with interventions and costs of hospital births escalating and midwives involved with homebirths being denied the ability to be lead professionals in hospitals, with admitting and discharge privileges.
Click here to read the entire study on BMJ.com
Listening to Mothers Survey II
A national survey of more than 1500 new mothers that asked participants about their prenatal care, birth experience and postpartum period. Survey highlights the high occurance of medical interventions, stating that "despite the primarily healthy population and the fact that birth is not intrinsically pathological, technology-intensive childbirth care was the norm".
Click here to read the entire survey at Childbirthconnection.org
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