April: Cesarean Awareness Month

Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM) is an internationally recognized awareness month which sheds light on the impact of cesarean surgery on mothers, babies, and families worldwide.  Cesarean birth is major abdominal surgery for women with serious health risks to weigh for both moms and babies.  Cesareans may be safer now than they ever have been, but this surgery is being conducted more frequently than is prudent or safe.  The acceptable rate established by the World Health Organization (WHO) is 10-15% – what is your community’s cesarean rate?

The blogosphere is atwitter about Cesarean Awareness Month.  Here are some posts I found today that deal directly with CAM:

  • Instinctual Birth’s post
  • No Womb Pod’s post
  • Strain Station’s post
  • Cesarean Awareness’s post
  • CT Birth Experience’s post
  • She Got Hips’s post
  • CT Doula’s post

If you have blogged about Cesarean Awareness Month and don’t appear on my list, please leave a comment so we can read your post.

To learn more about cesarean awareness, support, and education, visit the Internation Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) website and/or look for a chapter in your area.  Another great resource to consult when weighing the benefits and risks of intervention in chilbirth is Childbirth Connection.  Also, I recommend looking at and considering the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.

How do you plan to honor Cesarean Awareness Month?  How can you let people know that natural birth is an important issue for you and for them?  I promise that there is some way, no matter how small it may seem, that you can have a positive impact on your birth community.  Even wearing a cesarean awareness ribbon several days this month will help.  If you need ideas, feel free to ask.

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5 responses to “April: Cesarean Awareness Month

  1. Pingback: April is Cesarean Awareness Month « Radical Doula

  2. Hi,just wanted to pass along our blog post regarding Cesarean Awareness Month. Our organization, Dar a Luz Network, is a non profit group whose mission is to provide women with evidenced based information in effort to promote their ability to have a safe, healthy birth. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can read our post at http://www.daraluznetwork.blogspot.com. We love your site- any objections if we add it to our blogroll?

  3. Thanks for the links!

    If I ever carry a baby to term I will be having a homebirth and while I know not everyone wants to do that, I’m amazed how extreme doctors and some patients have become.

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