Over the last two decades there has been a shift within maternity care. We are seeing higher cesarean rates with our hospitals. It is believed that the rates reflect the current culture of maternity care within hospitals. Low risk first time moms are scheduling elective cesareans out of convenience or fear of the unknown.
Louisiana is rated one of the worst states because our cesarean rate is 37.5. A government agency called Healthy People is aiming for an average cesarean rate of 23.9% for low risk first time moms in the year of 2020.
The only way that will happen is if first time moms are informed and empowered throughout their maternity care….
❤️❤️❤️First time mom’s need to be informed about their rights to have a vaginal birth. ❤️❤️❤️
First time mom’s need to know this:
*You are capable of birthing your baby.
*Yes it will hurt, but you have options other than an elective cesarean.
*Your recovery will take longer after a cesarean than a vaginal birth.
*You are more likely to get an infection if you have a cesarean.
*You are more likely to have a repeat cesarean unless you find a care provider willing to assist you with a VBAC.
*You could have scar tissue from a cesarean.
*You could have bowel displacement.
*You do not have to schedule a cesarean if you go past your scheduled due date.
*It is common for moms to go up to 41 weeks during their first pregnancy.
*Before cesareans became an elective surgery they were mainly used in case of emergencies (prolapsed cord, fetal distress, prolonged/complicated labor, chronic health conditions, cephalopelvic disproportion, baby defects, and carrying multiples).
Momma, you have options! 🌹
Here are a few questions that can be used as guidelines to help you effectively communicate or get more detailed information if your provider is suggesting a cesarean.
☑️What is the medical reason to have a c-section?
☑️Is there a problem with my health or the health of my baby?
☑️How will the problem affect a vaginal delivery?
☑️Can I wait and decide closer to 39 weeks?
☑️What problems can a c-section cause for me and my baby?
☑️What will my recovery be like?
☑️Can I have a vaginal birth in future pregnancies?
☑️Is the cesarean medically necessary?
* All health questions need to be discussed with your care provider.*
It is important to remember that a hospitals cesarean rate does not necessarily reflect the qaulity of care you will receive. That is why it is important to pick a care provider that aligns with your vision. If you are trying to avoid a cesarean than make sure your provider is okay with waiting past 40 weeks. Check around with other moms. Avoid the care providers that are known for scheduling cesareans. Ask alot of questions up front. Try not to wait till 36 weeks to discuss your birth fears and concerns. Rather discuss as much as you can in the beginning. It is easier to switch care providers earlier on during your pregnancy than later.
Please educate all women. I would love to see our cesarean rates lowered for Northeast Louisiana.
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