The Lancet Series shows that the global rate of cesarean birth has doubled in the past 15 years to 21%, and is increasing annually by 4%. It is estimated that there are 6.2 million unnecessary cesareans done each year. China and Brazil together make up half of this number.
The World Health Organization just released updated guidelines "WHO recommendations: Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience" and it is an important 212-page tome. It is full of evidence-based information that can certainly improve maternal-infant care.
Researchers from the BetterBirth Program out of Ariadne Labs hypothesized that facilities located in low-resource countries could improve the mortality & morbidity of birthing people & newborns by implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist along with coaching programs to support birth attendants
A recent research paper, Relationship Between Cesarean Rate and Maternal and Neonatal Mortality was published on December 1, 2015 in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). This new study calls into question the long standing World Health Organization recommenda
The journal PLOS Medicine published a research review yesterday, “The Mistreatment of Women during Childbirth in Health Facilities Globally: A Mixed-Method Systematic Review” (Bohren, et al, 2015). Reading this report was both disturbing and extremely sad to me. Respectful care is a part of the