The Childbirth Connection (formerly The Maternity
Center Association) of New York City has unveiled their new booklet
"What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section" in
April 2004. Finally, women have a way to be truly "informed" before
"consenting" or getting talked into a cesarean section!
after the ACOG Ethics Committee Opinion publicized during Fall 2003
(which said it is okay for OBs to perform cesarean sections for no
medical reason), the booklet has been endorsed by many organizations,
including Citizens for Midwifery.
Like other Childbirth Connection projects, the booklet looks thoroughly at the evidence, while at the same time being easily readable and accessible.
The text provides a synthesis of virtually ALL the research about
cesareans, providing women with information on the risks and benefits
of cesarean sections, short term and long term, for mother and for
baby. Fully informed, women can then make up their own minds (and
question their doctors). In addition, the booklet includes information
about what women can do to lower their chances of ending up with a
The booklet is available free online as
a .pdf file, along with a complete bibliography, description of how
Childbirth Connection went about this project, and evidence tables
showing the results of studies on which the booklet is based.
Find the booklet and additional information at The Childbirth Connection website.
This is well worth printing out!