We hope that you mothers and expectant mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!
Minneapolis is a diverse place. In the neighborhoods surrounding our birth center, over 20% of people are foreign born. It is claimed that there are over 100 primary languages spoken in these neighborhoods!
Through this diversity of language and culture, motherhood is a common experience that is shared among women from all walks of life. We see this in how every language has a word for mother.
|English||Mother, Mama, Mom|
|Indonesian||Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap|
|Punjabi||Mai, Mataji, Pabbo|
|Spanish||Madre, Mamá, Mami|
|Swedish||Mamma, Mor, Morsa|
|Turkish||Anne, Ana, Valide|
In the last 15 years, the c-section rate in the US (including Minnesota) has increased more than 50% so that now 1 in 3 women have a c-section delivery. In this same period of time the average cost of a delivery has increased 90% (!!!). Despite this, mother and baby outcomes have not significantly improved. (see MappingHealth for stats)
Cesarean sections are medically necessary for a number of women, but not 1/3 of women. The majority of pregnancies are natural and healthy and should be treated that way. Most data indicates that only 5-10% of pregnancies should result in c-section (see Childbirth Connection article below).
Why is this happening? There are a number of factors. Our friends at Childbirth Connection have a great article on why c-sections are going up.
The Childbirth Connection article highlights one major reason behind this increase: “Low priority of enhancing women’s own abilities to give birth”. This points to the growing need for midwifery care delivered in an accredited birth center where high priority is given for women to have a natural, spontaneous vaginal delivery.
Want to learn more about c-sections? Childbirth Connection has a great informational booklet titled: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section.
Today is a momentous day! It is our first day of prenatal appointments!
If our opening ceremony was like our “birth”, then today would be like the first day we sat up on our own. It is indeed a day to celebrate!
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (612) 545-5311 and we’ll get back to you soon.