I have gone back and forth with my decision to write this post. I have a hard time with saying things that may be offensive, I don’t want to hurt any ones feelings I don’t want to offend my friends. But I have some extremely strong feelings about giving birth in this country. So I am going to write a series of posts on this very subject. I am going to start out with simple statistics. I bet you did not ever know.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
*In every other country in the world 70-80% of births are attended by midwives.
*America has the 2nd Worst Newborn death rate in the world.
*In a list of 7 most developed countries with 400,000 births or more WE ARE LAST! In Maternal And infant death rate.
*In 1900 95% of births took place at home
*In 1938 half of babies were born at home
*In 1995 less than 1% it is the same today.
*In ten years the Cesarean rate in America jumped from 4 to 23%
*Today one in three babies is born by Cesarean section. This number is rapidly rising!
*In the Netherlands the Cesarean rate in less than 4% They also have the best Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates in the world.
*Home birth for low risk pregnancy is as safe if not safer than at a hospital. When attended by a qualified trained midwife.
*America’s Maternal Death Rate is higher than most 3rd world countries (with the exception being African Countries)
*Cesarean Section is major Surgery, You are 3 times more likely to die during a Cesarean than a vaginal birth.
*If other mammals gave birth via Cesarean they would reject there babies.
*Birth is painful.
*Cesarean Sections are the Number 1 surgery given to women in this Country #1!!!
*There is a definite connection between Induction and Cesarean section.
*In 1930 we were X-raying every woman's pelvis, before we knew it caused cancer to baby.
*In 1950-60 We were using Philmitatine which caused some babies to be born without arms and legs.
*In 1990 we used Sitotek which caused uterine ruptures Babies Died! We did not stop until 1999!
*Today we have No real medical studies to show what happens to baby because of what we are using today!
I am afraid for women in America, not only do they not know what your body is meant to do but, we have been scared into believing that birth is a scary thing to do. “You could die, baby could die.” The best thing I have heard in all of my research is from a Dr. in the New york time said “obstetrics is 98% easy 2% sheer terror” The risks are there. Thank heavens for Obstetricians they Save lives. They are very good at what they do. However, so are women.
Posted by The Pea at 12:47 PM