I’m not that great when it comes to participating in scheduled bloggy things, such as Wordless Wednesday or NaBloWriMo or whatever it is. Not that I begrudge anyone who does it – they have their blogging acts together better than I do. I promise I will do a submission for the Fifth Lamaze Healthy Birth Blog Carnival. Soon. Promise.
But, in the meantime, I would like to at least acknowledge Cesarean Awareness Month, sponsored by ICAN.
In case you haven’t heard about the latest cesarean rate numbers, please read this article at ICAN’s blog about the 53% increase in cesarean section delivery in one decade.
What is most surprising (and disconcerting) to me is this quote: “The most significant increase is among women under 25, up 57% since 2000.” So, the largest increase has been in the group that are LEAST likely to have comorbidities, especially the advanced maternal age (AMA) patient blaming I have heard as an excuse. This does not bode well, considering these under 25 year old mothers will most likely have no other choice but to get a repeat cesarean section with any subsequent pregnancies, since VBAC is getting vanishingly rare.