Disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a report on disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth around the world. From the Executive Summary: Lack of respectful and non-abusive care at birth may encompass many points along a continuum that spans dignified, patient centered care, non-dignified care, and... Continue reading →

Cesareans 17% more likely at for-profit hospitals

California Watch, a nonpartisan investigative reporting initiative, has released a study showing that for-profit hospitals in California are performing cesareans at higher rates than non-profits, even in low-risk pregnancies. A database  compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to... Continue reading →

Best of the Birth Blogs – Labor Day Edition

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at blog@ican-online.org. Happy Labor Day! Rixa at Stand and Deliver gives a great round-up of... Continue reading →

Call for 2011 ICAN Conference Speakers!

ICAN (the International Cesarean Awareness Network) is hosting its biannual conference April 8-10, 2011 during Cesarean Awareness Month, at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. The ICAN conference is a unique opportunity for speakers, as it brings both the consumer and the birth professional to learn and... Continue reading →

One-third of first-time mothers having cesareans

A study published in this month’s American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has made headlines, including the Los Angeles Times.  Results of the study show that 1 in 3 new moms are giving birth surgically: Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about a third of births in the U.S. While much... Continue reading →