This info-graphic goes with the Cesarean Awareness Month blog from last week. It sums up the points of the blog. Hopefully it makes a difference to the birth experiences of any pregnant people who may need some information and support. Please feel free to share.
In the United States the Cesarean rate is a lot higher than it could be, We can take some control over our birth experiences by following these 7 tips.
1. FIND OUT YOUR HOSPITAL'S CESAREAN RATES
You can check the cesarean rates at the hospitals near you or ask during your hospital tour.
2. CHOOSE YOUR PROVIDER CAREFULLY, CONSIDER USING A MIDWIFE
Ask your medical provider what their cesarean rates are and if you don't like the answer or they don't want to tell you, switch providers.
3. STAY HOME DURING EARLY LABOR
The longer you are at home, comfortable in your surroundings the more relaxed you may be which is great for labor progress, and for less interventions
4. DON'T RUSH TO INDUCE LABOR
Don't rush to induce just because you are past your due date. Most first timers are likely to be pregnant for about 40 weeks and 5 days.
5. DON'T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS ABOUT BIG BELLIES OR BIG BABIES
A suspected big baby is no reason for an induction and rarely for cesarean delivery.
6. GET SUPPORT DURING LABOR
Research shows, people who have continuous support from someone, like a doula, have shorter labors and are less likely to need interventions.
7. IGNORE THE CLOCK DURING LABOR
Educate yourself so you know how labor progresses, you can expect that it may take a while and won't get in the habit of watching the clock.