Updated: Feb 9, 2019
What are the odds of finding a good taco place in Austin? Of being stuck behind someone going 5 miles below the speed limit in Georgetown, TX? Of finding Scotland on the map if you're an American?
If you guessed 33%, you may or may not be right. Who knows!
What we do know, however, is that about 33% of American women have their babies via Cesarean birth. Is this bad or good? According to the Word Health Organization, the target rate of Cesarean birth is 10-15%. So really, we're not doing so hot, especially because the risks of morbidity and complications are higher with Cesarean births vs. vaginal births.
So, what's a gal to do? Toprntobsn.com does a great job spelling out the facts and figures on how to lower your odds of a Cesarean. One of those statistically proven ways, of course, is hiring a doula. Another thing you can do is take care in choosing your provider. Ask their C-section rate, as well as those of their colleagues in the same practice since you never know who will be on call for your big day. Avoid medically unnecessary inductions. Do exercises and stretches prenatally to help ensure baby is in the optimal fetal position for labor.
For more ways to increase your odds of a satisfying birth experience check out this awesome, informative nursing site: http://www.toprntobsn.com/bringing-birth-back/ and come meet us at our next Doulapalooza!