Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Improving Birth


With two c-sections (the first being unnecessary, the second being life saving), and a VBA2C, I see a great need for evidence based maternity care.
C-Sections can be great, they can save lives, and they most certainly have a place in our health care system. The problem is, they are being over used. 
A less then ideally positioned baby does not NEED to be sectioned. 
A labor that doesn't follow Friedmans curve, should not automatically go to c-section, 
or even automatically be given pitocin. 
A  mother in labor on a Friday afternoon should not be sectioned to keep the 
doctor from missing his tee time 
(No, I don't think this is a leading cause of c/s but I do believe that it happens). 
And most certainly a mom should not be sectioned simply because she has 
had a previous c-section.
 The bottom line is, too many health care providers are losing sight of evidence based care, and moving into a 'one size fits all' approach to maternity care and labor and delivery care, which is leading to far too many c-sections. 

On Monday Sep 3rd, Labor day.
I'll be joining moms across the country,
rallying at hospitals,
reminding doctors that maternity care is NOT one size fits all.
We need evidence based care for all mothers.

See if there is a rally near you, and consider joining us....

BirthA

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