Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It Happens

It happens every day. Somewhere. To someone. To a mama. To a baby. To women. To a family. To a nation. We can't ignore it and we have to change it.



Woman burned during c-section

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIeUWmtFwds

A Bakersfield woman goes to a local hospital to give birth, but catches on fire during delivery. The woman says it happened at San Joaquin Community Hospital last year. To make matters worse she says neither the hospital nor the doctor will take responsibility for what happened.



Two New Jersey women die after their c-sections
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/health_science/daily/20070510_Teachers_joined_in_birth__death.html

In March, the staff, students and parents of Avon Elementary School threw a surprise baby shower for teachers Valerie Scythes and Melissa Farah.

Mere weeks later, both young women were dead.

They died, 15 days apart, after delivering by cesarean section at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, Gloucester County. They left behind healthy infants - Isabella Rose Scythes and Grace Melissa Farah.

**my note: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a cesarean rate of 10-15%. New Jersey’s cesarean rate is 37%.**



American babies are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and newborn mortality is 2.5 times higher in the United States than in Finland, Iceland or Norway, Save the Children researchers found.

Only Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, which is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with five deaths per 1,000 births.

"The United States has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, but its newborn mortality rate is higher than any of those countries," said the annual State of the World's Mothers report.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/parenting/05/08/mothers.index/index.html



Infant mortality rate, US: 6.78 (CDC)

Infant mortality rate, Cuba 5.8 (medicc.org)



C-section complications

http://pregnancy.emedtv.com/pregnancy/c-section-complications.html

Bleeding After C-Section

C-Section Scar

Postpartum Depression After C-Section

Infection After Cesarean Section

Wound Breakdown After Cesarean Section

Nerve Injury After Cesarean Section

Medication Risk and Cesarean Section

Uterine Rupture After Cesarean Section

Bladder Injury Following a Cesarean Section

Organ Injury With Cesarean Section

Adhesions and C-Sections

Blood Clots Following a C-Section

Delayed Bowel Function Following a C-Section

Bowel Injury After C-Section

Fetal Injury During a C-Section

Urinary Tract Infection and C-Section




Hear the Hurt

http://www.freewebs.com/birthcut/poetry.htm

Feel the Failure

http://www.freewebs.com/birthcut/cesareanstories.htm

See the Scar (graphic)

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/cesareansection/ig/Cesarean-Scar-Gallery/index.htm



*Then* tell me "it doesn't matter".

4 comments:

Jill said...

Thank you for this! I will be linking you on my blog.

Jill said...

P.S. I'm not sure if I saw this link in your post, but it deserves to be added:

http://www.cesarean-art.com/

harmony said...

Thank you for your blog. The more well educated and well written women like yourself put the information out there the better prepared women can be for this out of control phenomenon.
I gave birth via section to my first-born and am expecting my fourth this June...she will be my third VBAC.

Moonprysm said...

everything else aside (not that it isn't all horrible, but some people just don't care), i've never understood how people can stand beside hospitals knowing that we, the most "medically advanced" country in the world, have such a horrible infant mortality rate. it's insane what people will ignore when they've been brainwashed by society for so long.