The need for maternity healthcare reform worldwide

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by: Victoria Moore
Tags: maternity, healthcare, reform

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) The rising rate of Cesarean births has become a serious problem with the C-section rate over 32 percent in the United States, which is more than double the rate recommended by the World Health Organization. The rise can be attributed to the willingness of doctors to perform the surgery as well as the lack of the parent's understanding of the potentially serious complications, not to mention the monetary reasons behind the pro C-section attitude. (

The main concern is the long-term effects of this surgery such as higher risk of childhood obesity, asthma and allergies, just to name a few. Cesareans are too often performed in unnecessary situations including having a normal birth after a previous C-section. The epidemic of women having a C-section who could have safely delivered vaginally is only just beginning to show its impacts.

Benefits of normal birth

Yale University recently released a study that has the power to impact the decision to give birth naturally. Vaginal birth releases UCP2, a protein that promotes brain function as well as short and long-term memory. The brain-boosting chemical is triggered by the stress of moving through the birth canal stimulating the hippocampus and aiding cells to survive in stressful conditions. (

Another benefit of a normal vaginal birth is that the child is at a lower risk for respiratory problems and illness. The pressure of labor helps to expel amniotic fluid out of the baby's lungs while also exposing the newborn to a host of healthy bacteria that will colonize in the intestines and help build a healthy immune system. Missing out on the benefits of a normal birth can have long-lasting effects that can carry on into adulthood. (

Ina May Gaskin, the mother of authentic midwifery, says that the U.S. is in danger of destroying obstetrics and midwifery in favor of births becoming surgical events. An example of this trend is Brazil with many hospitals exceeding a 95 percent Cesarean rate.

The need for health improving changes to maternity care is essential to the long-term health of mother and baby as well as the entire family. (

What can be done?

The lack of rationality and accountability in maternity care is a problem across the globe. Ways to promote better birth practices is to seek providers who offer safe alternatives to cesarean and other unnecessary birth procedures and bring awareness to others about the risks of birth interventions when used outside of an emergency. A national rally is being held in almost 100 major cities across the U.S. on Labor Day, September 3rd, 2012, to bring awareness of the lack of evidence-based practices in maternity care and ask for reform. The hope is to increase access to midwives and initiate educational requirements for maternity care providers that train in scientific-based practices. Additionally, offering public education programs to educate women and promote meaningful informed consent. (

More and more women all over the world are becoming aware of the impact of medically unnecessary labor interventions and demanding better birth options. In July there were marches organized in 13 cities in Brazil, the highest C-section rate country in the world, after a medical regulating agency in Rio banned doctors from performing home births and labor coaches known as douglas from assisting in hospitals. Following the demonstration, the decision was reversed giving the Brazilian women the freedom to choose their birth. (

Bringing light to the maternity care issue lowers health care spending but most importantly infant and maternal mortality rates. The medical industry is forced to meet the practical needs of the childbearing population rather than being profit-driven. This provides both mother and baby with high quality care that offers a lifetime of benefits.

Sources for this article include

About the author:
Victoria Moore is natural health researcher/blogger, yoga instructor and Usui Reiki master. Her passions include empowering women on how to prepare for natural labor, teaching yoga to adults and children and learning about alternative approaches to health and lifestyle. Through her website she enjoys connecting with other like-minded people and sharing information about health and wellness, natural parenting, alternative medicine and organic living.
Follow on Facebook:
Follow on Twitter:

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.

Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...


Now Available at

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...


Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...


Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at

Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.