I went AWOL for a good reason.... the birth of my new nephew!

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Cesarean Awareness Month: Why Is It So Hard to Get a Vaginal Birth These Days?

April is Cesarean Awareness Month. You may wonder why an entire month needs to be devoted for raising awareness about C-sections. Here's why. The C-section rate in the United States is on the rise at an alarming rate. It's estimated that in 2008 over 1.3 million babies in the U.S. were born by C-section, accounting for 32.3 percent of all births. It also marks the 12th consecutive year the Cesarean birth rate has risen, despite a number of medical organizations —- including The World Health Organization (WHO) and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) —- urging medical care providers to work on lowering the Cesarean birth rates and increase access to Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). ...more
I wanted to have a VBAC with this child, but it really is not an option for me. I am all for ...more

Joy Szabo Travels 350 Miles for Vaginal Birth

Joy Szabo recently drew nationwide attention when she refused to have a repeat cesarean section at her local Page, Arizona, hospital. Instead, Joy and her husband Jeff decided that Joy (alone) would move 350 miles from home to Phoenix where they could, according to CNN, get "the birth they wanted" - a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). ...more

Time to Help Set Policy for Our Healthcare Future

Healthy People is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that sets health objectives for the nation for a ten-year period....more

Excellent C-Section Analogy by Abby Epstein

I have "The Business of Being Born" on DVD now, and I finally got around to watching some of the bonus footage.  In one of the extra scenes, there is a conversation between Ricky and Abby that I found especially compelling. ...more

Triumphant VBAC'ing -- Against the Odds

***Disclaimer - This is incredibly long and detailed, but I hope that the following story could serve as a bit of inspiration to any woman who ever finds herself in my situation. ...more

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Everyone's eager to meet baby, but are elective inductions safe?

Elective inductions are on the rise in the United States, and while this means many excited mothers get to meet their babies sooner than if they waited for labor to begin spontaneously, it also means they are much more likely to meet their babies as a result of a cesarean section, which of course comes with it's own set of risks to both mother and child. According to a study linked on Birthfriend's Place to Ponder: ...more

I'm so glad everything turned out OK with your induction, despite Cytotec being involved. At ...more

Loss of insurance - another price to pay after a c-section?

An article in the New York Times this weekend reported that some women are being forced to pay higher health insurance premiums or are being denied insurance coverage all together if they've had a Caesarean section in their past. Peggy Robertson of Centennial, Colo., was turned down for individual health coverage by Golden Rule Insurance Company because she had given birth by c-section. No matter that she was in perfect health. ...more

Having been in the industry for a while, initially on the operations side, there are a lot of ...more