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Dear C-Section Scar, You Remind Me of My Assault
April 24, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
Some c-sections save babies’ lives. Some c-sections save mothers’ sanity. Then there are c-sections, like mine, that did neither. This letter is ode to those. I know I’m not the only one. In 1970, the national c-section rate was 5.5%. Now, it’s over 32%. Yet with all these surgeries meant to save lives, maternal mortality…
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Low Intervention Birth: 6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Provider
March 29, 2019 BY ImprovingBirth
New ACOG Recommendations You Should Bring with You to Your Next Prenatal Visit   Despite spending far more on maternity care, the United States has produced some of the worst maternal health outcomes among all other developed countries. Currently, one in every three women has major abdominal surgery during birth and more than 40% of…
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Dear Hospital CEO: You Have A Coercive and Directive Practice In Your Midst That Is Disempowering Women
November 11, 2018 BY Dawn
The consumer voice is often unheard when it comes to large systems. The maternity care system and its history of listening to women is no exception. ImprovingBirth recently shared a snapshot that a local Atlanta-based midwife posted of a "patient information and birth preferences plan" form, which had been given to a patient from her…
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Vaginal Birth After 3 Cesareans, Are You Nuts?
October 25, 2017 BY ImprovingBirth
I was 20 when I got pregnant with my first child. I made all the typical assumptions back then. I went to my primary doctor for an OB referral having no idea I had options. I thought that I would go to the OB and he would tell me all I needed to know about…
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Follow The Money: Maintaining the Medical Model of Maternity Care
August 4, 2017 BY Dawn
Today's guest blog post comes to us from the brilliant Kitty Ernst. She is the only endowed Chair of Midwifery in the United States. She is a certified nurse-midwife graduate of Kentucky’s Frontier School of Midwifery, with a master’s degree in public health and a two-time President of ACNM. A renowned visionary in the field…
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9 Ways To Heal From A Traumatic Birth
August 3, 2017 BY ImprovingBirth
Here in the United States, pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood are often treated as magical and blissful experiences. But that’s not everyone’s experience, particularly when it comes to giving birth. Birth trauma is common — some research suggests that between 25-34% of birthing people experience it in some way.   Trauma can happen in response…
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