I joined a few pregnancy apps just to get an idea on what was out there. Funny enough, between the French, US apps and my OB I have 3 different due dates – Not that my midwives or myself are worried about it but that was quite interesting…
As I was reading through the different topics I saw on baby Center that 53% or women do not plan on taking a childbirth class.
To say that I was shocked is an understatement! Of course being a childbirth educator, I am a bit biased but maybe we need to think about the fact that the US has the worst maternal mortality rate in the developing world!
‘From 2000 till 2014 there was a 24% increase in maternal deaths in the US and black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than non-Hispanic white women.ii’
Doesn’t that scare people? In a country where only 1.5% of births are home births and a 1 in 3 women will have a cesarean, I would think being educated should help alleviate some of these fears and hopefully help change this trend.
Would you trust a general practitioner or a surgeon who had a high rate of patient mortality? Absolutely not!
While I understand that getting the numbers can be tricky, with some digging you can find some info. Of course, what matters really is the care provider c-section rate but also the rate of induction and the rate of epidural use.
Do you want to know in what instance you would be induced and what are the side effects of the drugs being used? Maybe you would be more comfortable with a mechanical ripening of your cervix (no drugs) with a foley catheter rather than using Cytotec or Cervidil? Do you know the potential side effects of the 2 drugs?
Will you be able to eat and drink during the induction or during labor? Able to walk around and go to the bathroom? Do you know you are looking at an average of a minimum of 24 hours for an induction for a first time mum? Do you really want to put yourself through that if it is not truly a medical emergency? Do you know that the use of Pitocin increases the risk of fevers, cesarean and the use of an epidural? Are you aware that an early use and prolonged use of an epidural can decrease contractions and require more pitocin? That there are some non negligible side effects for some women? Do you know if your care provider routinely cuts episiotomies?