It is no secret that cesarean births in our country are much higher than the Healthy People 2020 and World Health Organization goals. In 2014, the U.S. national average for cesarean birth was 32.2%. There are many possible factors that contribute to these high numbers, such as higher maternal ages, an increase in obesity, and an increase in medical intervention on birth. But what can WE as patients or birth workers do to safely prevent cesareans? In this episode, we will dive into the things that you or your birth team can do while in labor to increase the chance of a vaginal delivery! Some of these things are well known, and some may surprise you!
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