What that hospital bill isn’t telling you 1

You may have seen this image floating around the internet: Originally posted on reddit, it’s been shared and blogged about many times the past few days. People are outraged that someone was charged to hold her own baby after a cesarean. When my friend texted it to me the other night, my initial reaction was also […]

Get a second opinion

A recent meta-analysis of childbirth studies has suggested that the likelihood of having a cesarean can be reduced by the simple act of getting a second opinion.  There are many diagnoses made during pregnancy that may or may not be evidence-based.  Anytime you’re faced with a diagnosis that seems to complicate your pregnancy or require […]

Friday! – What were they thinking??

This week, the “Today” show showed a live cesarean birth on their program touting the benefits of the surgery and glossing over the serious risks involved in the surgery. Here is the clip: The Today show – Cesarean The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) released a statement addressing the shortcomings of the segment. ICAN response

Is an epidural right for your labor? 1

The majority of American women choose to have an epidural during labor and birth.  Like most interventions, an epidural can be an important tool when used judiciously.  Occasionally, it can help prevent other complications.  However, an epidural has its own risks, and women should be aware of these risks to themselves and their babies well […]