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The “Inconvenient Truth” about Childbirth

November 5, 2007

Des Moines, IA – It's being called an "inconvenient truth" about childbirth. Every year in Iowa and the rest of America, an increasing number of women are convinced to have a Cesarean birth, and Jennifer Block, author of "Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care" will be in Iowa tomorrow, with the message that there's a better way to bring babies into the world. She says her research has found that the medical system uses C-sections even when they aren't medically necessary.

"The reasons women are having Cesareans don't have much to do with their health status. It has more to do with providers, hospital culture and the malpractice insurer."

The World Health Organization recommends Cesarean birth rates not exceed 15 percent, but in the United States they account for up to 30 percent of all births. That number is around 28 percent in Iowa. Block says expectant mothers have other choices.

"You can seek out better care, explore the use of midwives, consider an out-of-hospital birth at a birth center or a home birth, which we know is very safe for women."

Additional information regarding childbirth options can be found on the International Cesarean Awareness Network Web site, www.icaniowa.com.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA