Although most pregnant women are healthy and have good reason to expect uncomplicated childbirth, the U.S. cesarean rate is at a record level and rising. The increase is due to many medical, legal, social, and financial factors, including “defensive medicine” and changing attitudes of caregivers and pregnant women.
To help pregnant women understand harms and benefits of cesarean delivery compared with vaginal birth and make wise decisions, Childbirth Connection worked with many leading national organizations and individual childbirth educators, consumers, doctors, labor support professionals, midwives, nurses, and researchers. We sorted carefully through hundreds of studies to identify the full range of concerns that are at stake in decisions about how to give birth. Then we put together a comprehensive booklet that can help you learn about the issues, plan carefully, and make informed decisions. Read Full Info at Childbirth Connection