Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Trouble With Repeat Cesareans (Time Magazine)

Time Magazine is starting to get it... the mainstream media is publishing articles that are telling the truth about what has gone wrong in our modern maternity care system.

"Much ado has been made recently of women who choose to have cesareans, but little attention has been paid to the vast number of moms who are forced to have them. More than 9 out of 10 births following a C-section are now surgical deliveries, proving that 'once a cesarean, always a cesarean'--an axiom thought to be outmoded in the 1990s--is alive and kicking..."

Read the full article here at Time.

Waiting Till 40 Weeks of Pregnancy... So Much Better

The Wall Street Journal published an excellent article back in December, stating the benefits of carrying a pregnancy to term and the risks of inductions that are "just a few weeks early."

"Conventional wisdom has long held that inducing labor or having a Caesarean section a bit early posed little risk, since after 34 weeks gestation, all the baby has to do was grow.

But new research shows that those last weeks of pregnancy are more important than once thought for brain, lung and liver development. And there may be lasting consequences for babies born at 34 to 36 weeks, now called 'late preterm.' "

Check out the rest of the article here at the Wall Street Journal