April is Cesarean Awareness Month. This is a topic dear to my heart, and I hope to be able to share with you some helpful information, websites, online video, and inspiring stories throughout the month of April.
The first story I want to share with you is the documentary produced by KET (Kentucky Educational Television) – Born Too Soon. Kentucky has the 7th highest cesarean rate in the nation at 34.6%, meaning around 1 in 3 Kentucky women give birth through abdominal surgery. It has been suggested that any rate higher than 15% could mean that some surgeries are happening for reasons that are medically unnecessary. Elective cesarean surgeries pose great health risks to mothers and babies. This documentary highlights pre-term birth, the causes, and the solutions (a relationship exists between induction, cesarean, and pre-term birth). It is an excellent film and is free to watch online by clicking this image.
March of Dimes is an organization that is working hard to educate the public about the risks and causes of premature birth, among other issues important to the health of mothers and babies. Some of their work in Kentucky is featured in Born Too Soon. On April 17th I will be walking in the March of Dimes – March for Babies at Hazard High School in southeastern, Kentucky. March for Babies is a fundraising effort to further the educational and financial support that the March of Dimes gives to our communities across the U.S. My personal fundraising goal is $100. You may donate securely to the March of Dimes through my walk by clicking the picture below.
I hope you will visit Birth True Blog periodically throughout the month to explore the issue of cesarean surgery further – the good with the bad – and share these posts with women and men that you know. In the meantime, take a look at the page linked on the header of this blog – Cesarean Awareness Documentary, to learn more about cesarean section and to listen to the free radio broadcast.
Many happy days to you and yours,