April is Cesarean Awareness Month

April is Cesarean Awareness Month

Cesarean Awareness Month is sponsored by a non-profit organization, International Cesarean Awareness Network, who aims to help raise awareness and educate people about cesareans. Their mission is to "improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean." Cesarean births help save the lives of babies and mothers, but the high percentage (over 30% ) of cesareans performed in the United States has risen steadily in recent years and this rise is not due to a rise in complications. In order to make a truly informed decision about whether or not to choose a cesarean, being educated is an important part of childbirth preparation that can lead to better-informed decision-making. A cesarean section is the use of surgery to deliver a baby when a vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk of complications. This may be performed when there are problems with the placenta or umbilical cord, obstructed labor, twin pregnancy, high blood pressure in the mother, or fetal distress. So why are cesarean sections rates become increasingly high? There are many factors that play a part in this rise of cesareans which include an increase of older women having births, multiple births, and obesity in pregnant women, as well as the debated issue of healthcare providers and health insurance companies favoring cesarean sections. It's important to ask questions, select providers you trust, and know your personal risks involved in either decision. What matters most is that all families are well-informed so that the mothers can deliver their babies as safely as possible. The birth journey is different for every woman, so no matter what your decision, every mom should feel secure, safe, and supported for the best possible outcome. 7 tips to help reduce the risk of a cesarean birth: 1. Get educated: International Cesarean Awareness Network 2. Choose a provider and birth setting with low cesarean rates 3. Consider hiring a doula for labor support 4. Let labor start on its own 5. Avoid "routine" interventions 6. Question a cesarean if you and your baby are in no real danger 7. Evaluate your options for vaginal birth after cesarean 7 tips when having a cesarean birth: 1. Get educated: International Cesarean Awareness Network 2. Be wise choosing a provider 3. Consider hiring a doula for labor support 4. Gentle Cesarean 5. Be a part of every decision 6. Get plenty of rest 7. Plan for extra support at home.