Have you heard about the latest c-section data from the CDC? They just recently published the data from births in 2006. The c-section rate from last year is at a record high--31.1% of all births!
Eugene Declercq, Ph.D., Professor of Maternal and Child Health at Boston University School of Public Health highlights some concerns: “At a time when maternal and infant mortality rates are decreasing throughout the industrialized world, the United States is in the unique position of having both a rapidly increasing cesarean rate and no improvement in these basic measures of maternal and infant health.”
That's right. As cesarean section rates rise, so do maternal and infant deaths. Though it's no proof of a connection, it is a frightening snapshot of the state of maternity care in the U.S.
If you'd like more information about how to avoid a cesarean, how to have a vaginal birth after a cesarean, or need resources for recovering from a cesarean, check out the International Cesarean Awareness Network.