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I bet you didnt know...

I bet you didn't know...

The United State's maternal death rate is ranked the same as the Iran's.
This means it is more dangerous to have a baby in America than in Turkey, Bahrain, South Korea, Kuwait, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Bosnia, Portugal, and Slovakia just to name a few...

We actually ranked 47th in the world in 2010 for how dangerous birth can be to a mother.
Yet we are ranked #1 when it comes to SPENDING money for birth! How did we let this happen? Interventions increase the risk for complication. Let us look at the "epidural chain" (Pathways to Family  Wellness Magizine article by Alyssa Benedict M.P.H. Issue 39 page 22)

Our Pulmonary embolism rates after a birth (c section) have exploded as our c section rates have gone up over the last 30 years.  An obvious trend we can observe amongst the countries with low c section rates is a lower maternal death rate.

So let us ask why do we in the U.S. HAVE to do so many c sections?

Women are not being informed of the risks that interventions can bring. People think this is normal! I honestly believe that most women are not informed of the risks of epidural and c section enough in our great country. Women just assume that since everyone does it that its "fine" and it is the best way to minimize pain. There are more natural pain relief techniques, women just aren't seeking them because everyone gets epidurals.

This is another fact sheet from the new Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine same article on epidural risks... 
Page 21

Most of the information i have collected here is on record for all to see at the CIA's website. Check it out!

The maternal mortality rate (MMR) is the annual number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes). The MMR includes deaths during pregnancy, childbirth, or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, for a specified year.

I would never judge another woman for the decisions she makes about birth. I believe our country has a huge deficit when it comes to birth education and examining risks juxtaposed with the current research available on birth interventions. This is why I write. Prove me wrong, gather resources... Do something! Just go looking for answers. This is the key to unraveling a healthier tomorrow


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