How should pregnant women make sense of the diverse risks and benefits of caesarean versus vaginal delivery?
Many midwives still want to reduce the number of unnecessary interventions during childbirth.
Society holds paradoxical views of childbirth, which can make the debate around it confusing.
Many women in African countries who are medically required to have caesarean sections aren't able to access them due to weak health systems and a lack of resources.
Woman in labor, shown with monitors. Via Shutterstock.
Childbirth in the U.S. can be dangerous and dehumanizing. An ob/gyn who traveled recently to India to review childbirth there says the U.S. and India fall short in similar ways.
The mode of delivery has a big impact on an infant’s microbiota, the bacteria that live in the gut.
The particular makeup of a newborn’s gut microbes is important as it has been shown to affect their risk of developing certain diseases later in childhood and adulthood.
Would you like a caesarean or a forceps delivery?
The reduction of childbirth to a 'choice' between surgery and vaginal birth with interventions comes from patriarchal views about the fundamental failure of the female body.
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We don't know much about fear during childbirth and its effects on outcomes for women and their newborns in the United States.
A new study has found birth education and complementary therapies such as yoga and acupressure can reduce caesarean rates.
Is childbirth education important? Do all the programs aim to achieve the same thing and, most importantly, do they?
Why are some new parents wiping vaginal fluid all over their baby’s mouth, eyes, and skin?
Around 85% of Australian women have a repeat caesarean, but it’s often not necessary.
We've come a long way from the first documented successful caesarean. In 1500, Swiss farmer Jacob Nufer operated on his wife after a labour of several days. She went on to have five more vaginal births.
With c-sections becoming so common, it’s time that we started to investigate what that means for child health.
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As more and more babies are delivered by cesarean section, we need to start investigating what that means for their long-term health.
Any information about birthing women are exposed to influences their expectations long before they directly receive maternity care.
Medical intervention in birth is normalised by both maternity care providers and all kinds of media. Our research shows information about the benefits of natural birth help women make better choices.
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Two sides of the fence.
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Many hospitals are carrying out caesareans before 39 weeks despite official guidelines.
Hospitals provide much-needed medical care and treatment for women who run into difficulty in childbirth. But many women and babies have medical intervention and treatment without good reason. We’ve become…
Infants born by C-section had twofold higher odds of developing obesity.
A study recently published in the British Medical Journal (project Viva) has found that children born by caesarean section have a higher rate of obesity at age three than children born naturally. At first…