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Huge Study: Cesarean Birth Major Risk Factors for Chronic Disorders in Children
January 8, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
The release of the largest study of its kind confirms yet again that the Cesarean epidemic in the U.S. deserves more attention, and women deserve better information and options. Evidence continues to emerge that birth by surgery, while sometimes necessary and wanted, is not benign. Increasingly, researchers are finding relationships between Cesarean birth and babies’…
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Care You Can Trust: A Hospital Models Patient-Centered Care
December 2, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
This article is part of Improving Birth's "Care You Can Trust" campaign--identifying, describing, and honoring great care and great care providers.  To see photos and examples from mothers about their own experiences with great care, CLICK HERE, and to read our article "12 Signs You Can Trust Your Care," CLICK HERE.   [caption id="attachment_7140" align="aligncenter"…
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Because Mothers Matter
December 2, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
4 Million women give birth every year in the United States and how their babies get here matters. It was only after I gave birth that I grasped the real value of what I instinctively wanted.  I'm not sure I knew it then, but my tendency toward a physiologic birth was me protecting myself and…
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Twelve Signs You Can Trust Your Care
November 6, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
How do you know you’re getting good care? In the U.S., there is a vast range of maternity care practices—from the highest-quality care to the downright medieval. To make it even more confusing, “luxury care” doesn’t necessarily look that way: some of the poshest hospitals I know, with the slickest ad campaigns, have some of…
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Global Momentum Towards Respectful Care
September 25, 2014 BY Dawn
Yesterday was a banner day for women and babies around the globe, when the World Health Organization released a formal statement on “The prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth.” Their full statement is here. Improving Birth strongly supports and endorses this statement as it relates to all women, and we recognize…
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Caught on Video: Improving Birth Breaks the Silence on Abuse of Women in Maternity Care
August 28, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
To the reader: We are proud to say that we recognize and appreciate the many doctors, nurses, midwives, and other professionals who practice and promote respectful, evidence-based care. We do not believe that these cases of abuse against women represent "most" or "all" care providers--but where this abuse exists, it cannot be ignored any longer.…
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