Title: C-section Risks: What Every Woman Needs to Know
Word Count: about 1500 words
The World Health Organization estimates that half of all cesareans performed in the US are unnecessary. Numerous factors have led to the current cesarean rate of 26% – the highest level ever reported in the US. A brand new review of over 300 research studies on birthing options exposed myths and uncovered risks of cesareans compared to vaginal birth. This covers c-section risks for mothers and babies, factors that can lead to unnecessary c-sections and what women need to know and do to protect themselves and their babies.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, one in four babies is now delivered by cesarean – the highest level ever reported and over ten percent higher than in countries with similar demographics. In 1970, one woman in twenty gave birth by cesarean. Today, nearly six in twenty do so.
There is no debate that cesareans are absolutely necessary in the presence of urgent medical concerns. Whether an emergency C-section or a planned cesarean for a high risk pregnancy, a cesarean can save lives or prevent serious injury to mother and baby.
However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have expressed concern about the growing cesarean rate among healthy, low-risk women. The US Department of Health & Human Services advocates reducing cesareans for low-risk women to less than fifteen percent by the year 2010. The World Health Organization estimates that half of all cesareans performed in the US are unnecessary.
Concerned about the potentially misleading and incomplete information on cesareans provided by individual studies and media reports, Maternity Center Association (MCA), a nonprofit founded in 1918 to promote safe, effective, and satisfying maternity care for all women and their families through research, education, and advocacy, reviewed over 300 research studies on various birthing options. “We wanted to determine the true risks associated with cesareans, to ensure that women have the best information for making informed decisions,” says Maureen Corry, MCA’s executive director. The MCA review compared the risks and benefits of cesareans with those of vaginal birth. They caution that C-sections are associated with significant short- and long-term physical and emotional health risks for both mother and baby…