The C in California stands for Cesarean

In the Mommy & Me group I attend about 90% of the mothers had prepared themselves for childbirth with any number of natural childbirth classes. Most of us delivered on the operating table by way of an incision in our abdomens.

If this number seems staggering, consider this: we live in Los Angeles County.

The World Health Organization states that no country should have a cesarean rate above 15%. Canada and the US national averages are 25%. Los Angeles County’s average is almost 50%.

I accept that nature is imperfect and that at times she fails. I do not accept that she fails 50% of the time, or even 25% of the time. I’m not convinced that there was nothing else that could have been done to prevent my cesarean. What can we do to turn the tide?

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