April is Cesarean Awareness Month, and an article I read recently stated that since VBAC’s (vaginal birth after cesarean) still have not completely caught on by the medical model (although research continues to show it is safer than a repeat cesarean, the way to begin to bring down our national cesarean rate (latest reported number is 32%) is to also educate first-time moms, to help them avoid a cesarean in the first place. Obviously, mother friendly care providers and most labor support professionals are very supportive of VBAC, but we are probably outnumbered by those that are not. We are working, working, working on this. Need help finding a VBAC supportive professional? Contact me.
So, as an expectant mother or a birth advocate, what can you do to avoid an unnecessary cesarean? A google search will bring you LOTS of information. Probably even this post. Here’s a short list, and for more visit ICAN.
- educate yourself! I always recommend “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” as a starting point to all my clients
- choose a mother and baby friendly care provider. What is this?
- take a comprehensive childbirth education class, that offers facts and evidence honestly (may not be a hospital offered course)
- eat healthfully during pregnancy and exercise
- write a birth plan
- hire a doula