Late Preterm Birth is a Maternal Health Problem, Too
Originally appeared: November 17, 2011 at the Transforming Maternity Care Blog at transform.childbirthconnection.org/2011/11/lateptb/ More than two-thirds of preterm babies are born “late preterm,” between 34-37 weeks gestation. For many years, the epidemic of late preterm birth was largely ignored, as the typical health problems of these infants were not as severe as the challenges faced [...]Read full story
Finding Common Ground on Home Birth
Originally appeared October 25, 2011 on the Transforming Maternity Care Blog at transform.childbirthconnection.org/2011/10/hbcs/ I attended the Home Birth Consensus Summit in October. The meeting was the result of several years of planning by a multi-stakeholder group of maternity care leaders. It was led by facilitators from Future Search, a theory and planning strategy designed around [...]Read full story
Reasonable Choices for Bringing Back VBAC
An extended version of this post appeared September 12, 2011 at the Transforming Maternity Care Blog at http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/2011/09/vbacquality/ According to new government statistics, 20% of the more than 4 million U.S. births each year occur to women who have previously given birth by cesarean. If evidence and national guidelines support vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) [...]Read full story
Could YouTube Change Our Birth Culture?
I don’t get to go to births much anymore. My midwifery practice closed in July. Our consulting doctors merged with another group and in the merger were forced to stop accepting our referrals and collaborating on VBACs. As a result of that we had to forfeit our hospital privileges. We would have continued offering only [...]Read full story
Preventing a Preventable Cesarean
This year, one in three babies will be born by cesarean section. The cesarean rate in the United States has hit a historic high every year for nearly a decade, and shows no signs of abating. Research from the World Health Organization suggests that when a cesarean rate is higher than 15% in any population, [...]Read full story
Birth Plans As Exit Signs
Blogs, Facebook, and Twitter were bustling last week with back-to-back stories of doctors putting the kibosh on women’s right to self-determination in their birth. First, The Unnecesarean reported on a doctor who preemptively gives his own (awful) birth plan to all of his patients, and one woman’s triumphant experience firing him and hiring a midwife. [...]Read full story
If you had your baby in a United States hospital in 2005: There’s a 1 in 3 chance you had cesarean surgery.Read full story
Why Are Women Giving Birth in the Dark?
Pop quiz: what is the most important factor determining whether a woman has a cesarean or not? How healthy she is? How big her baby is? Whether she has pregnancy complications? These all seem like reasonable answers, but the research tells a different story.Read full story