In continuing to discuss VBAC in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), I was planning to write about skyrocketing cesarean rates. In my life before kids, I worked in public health, and I always get a little excited when I can merge my two worlds. So, I’ve been mulling this over, but someone else beat me to it, and since her writing is way more eloquent than mine, I’m just going to point you to her blog:
If you haven’t checked out Kmom’s blog and website, you should. My friends and family tease me about my love of reading and reciting research, but I’ve got nothing on Kmom.
Of course, I do need to offer my own commentary as well. Here’s what I want to explore-how do we fix this? When I first started working in the birth world, I thought I could rescue women. I thought if only every woman could have a smart doula who could empower her with lots of information and defend her against her doctor, we could solve the problem. But as I’ve said before, it’s just not so.
How do we help women to find their power? Trust themselves? Ask questions?
How do we help care providers to be more compassionate? Take more time with women? Practice evidence-based medicine? Stop basing standard of care on time and liability?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. And I’ll share mine soon.