Cesarean facts from ICAN

Nearly one-third of all US babies are delivered via Cesarean section.  Here are some facts from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) :

  • When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both for mother and infant
  • Many indications for cesarean can and should be questioned
  • In half of all cesarean births women suffer complications, and the maternal mortality rate is two to four times that of women with vaginal births
  • Approximately 180 women die annually in the U.S. from elective repeat cesareans
  • Vaginal birth after cesarean is safer for both mother and infant in most cases than is a repeat cesarean
  • According to the World Health Organization, "Countries with some of the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world have cesarean rates of less than 10 percent."

To learn more about cesareans or to connect with the ICAN community, visit www.ican-online.org

Posted on April 5, 2012 and filed under unassisted childbirth.

Join me at the Trust Birth Conference April 13th-15th

I'm so excited to be speaking once again at the Trust Birth Conference!  The conference is in Nashville, TN this year from April 13th through the 15th (there is also a pre-conference starting on April 11th; see website for details).  My talk is entitled "Unassisted Childbirth Stories and Vignettes."  I'll be sharing some of my favorite (and in some cases, unusual) birth stories along with a slideshow and a DVD of some amazing unassisted births.  I'll also be part of two panels - one on push-less birth (no, you don't have to PUSH your babies out!), and the other on why some women choose to stay home alone to give birth.  As usual, there will be numerous talks given by the best and brightest teachers, writers, childbirth professionals and mothers in the "business."  There's still time to register.  I hope you'll join me there!