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A Healthy Baby Isn’t All That Matters
February 6, 2013 BY Cristen Pascucci
We hear all the time, “a healthy baby is all that matters.” That’s simply not true—especially when, all too often, “healthy” means merely “surviving birth," for both moms and babies. That’s not nearly good enough. The truth is that in this day and age and place, a higher standard can and should exist: a healthy…
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Birth Centers: Safe, Respectful Options for Birth
January 31, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
This morning, an important new study was published confirming the safety and cost effectiveness of birth centers as an excellent option for healthy, low-risk women. The study was conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers and reviewed by our very own Rebecca Dekker, Improving Birth board member and author of Birth centers are…
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U.S. Hospitals Held Accountable for C-Section Rates
January 23, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of Back in December, we shared some big news! We found out that starting in January 2014, the Joint Commission will require U.S. hospitals with more than 1,100 births per year to work towards reducing the C-section rate in first-time moms. Our hope is that this article will…
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I Don’t Care How You Give Birth
December 18, 2012 BY Cristen Pascucci
Elective C-section?  Ocean waterbirth?  Seriously, go nuts. You may think that because I chose (and fought) to give birth with no drugs in a hospital, I think everyone should.  Or, that because I rant and rave about our bloated surgical birth and artificial induction rates, that I would do away with these medical interventions. Absolutely…
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State of Maternity Care
November 28, 2012 BY ImprovingBirth
By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN This guest post comes from Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, of Evidence Based Birth. Rebecca is a researcher and a nursing professor who formerly served as a member of the executive board of ImprovingBirth. You can follow Rebecca on her Facebook page and on Twitter. . . . Note: This article and the…
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Take Back Your Birth
November 20, 2012 BY Cristen Pascucci
I went into pregnancy and preparation for birth “willfully ignorant.”  I’d never wanted to experience either, so my perspective on the whole thing was that of an outsider’s.  As I started poking around about giving birth for the first time, I had some vague ideas about lowering the lighting in the room; maybe I’d wear…
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