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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Why You Should Know the Cesarean Rates at Your Hospital

By April 11, 2013

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Cesarean Awareness Month

More and more research is showing us that having an unnecessary cesarean is more dangerous for mom and baby. The key here being the word unnecessary. That is the hard thing to define, both in labor and out. While new research has shown us that the cesarean rates are high and that intervention in labor is probably turned to too quickly, what they agree on is that your choice of practitioners is important.

When you've chosen a practitioner, you might think that the work stops there, but many moms don't give consideration to where their practitioner works catching babies. Many hospitals have policies that may not be in line with what you are wanting and may not be on the radar of your midwife or doctor. One key statistic to know is what the cesarean rate is at your hospital.

Jill of The Unnecesarean has been advocating for transparency in maternity care for a long time. Her dedication has lead her to create a new website that will help you figure out what the local cesareans rates are at facilities near you.  Please check out her new site and share this link: CesareanRates.com

Look at the hospitals in your area. How is the cesarean rate compared to other local hospitals? How is it compared to national cesarean rates? What questions can you ask your doctor or midwife about their personal cesarean rates?

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