The World Health Organization (WHO) and medical studies agree that the best outcomes happen in places where the cesarean rate is 5 – 10%, but in the U.S. nearly 1 in 3 mothers delivers by cesarean. That’s cause for alarm.
It’s important to understand that this crisis is not caused by mothers in any way. Researchers have identified several causes within the culture of medical care. But there’s lots that mothers and fathers can do about it, from lobbying elected officials to holding hospital staff accountable.
Meanwhile, it’s useful for anyone planning a birth to understand that a cesarean birth is a substantial possibility. I wrote in Birth On The Labyrinth Path,
Even when medical circumstances necessitate a cesarean that is either planned or an emergency, there are things that you can do to hold a surgical birth as sacred as any other birth.
I firmly believe this is true. Pagans tend to want unmedicated “natural” births (and with good reason too!), but the work of mothering a new person into being is sacred no matter how it’s done.
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