If you are pregnant and this is the first time to our site, it can be overwhelming. Especially if someone just said hey, go check out ImprovingBirth with no context. If you are completely unaware of the challenges facing most women giving birth in the U.S. and many places around the world, I encourage you to read this first.
Making safe, informed decisions about your body and your baby is Job #1 for expecting moms. Here’s a place to start educating yourself.
Click here for evidence-based resources and information.
Evidence-Based Maternity Care
Evidence-based maternity care means practices that have been shown by the highest quality, most current medical evidence to be most beneficial to mothers and babies (reducing incidences of injuries, complications, and death), with care tailored to the individual.
Click here for more, including our table comparing the 2012 rates of common birth practices vs. what current evidence shows is best for moms and babies.
Induction, C-Section, and VBAC Facts
Artificial induction and surgical birth (c-section) can be necessary and life-saving interventions, while vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) remains an underutilized option for many women. We encourage every woman to understand the risks, benefits, and alternatives to these procedures so that they can make fully informed decisions.
Click here for the facts on these procedures, and on vaginal birth after Cesarean.
We are working on a summary of your rights as a pregnant or child-bearing woman, what those rights look like, how you can access those rights, and resources that include legal support and an emergency hotline. See Human Rights in Childbirth's website for more information, including information on the right of Informed Consent and Right to Refuse Medical Treatment, two fundamental issues for child-bearing women. See also this excellent article: Informed Consent in Childbirth: Making Rights into Reality.
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