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One out of three women has major abdominal surgery during birth. In spite of spending the most money on maternity care, the U.S. has the highest maternal death and injury rate in the developed world.
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It is estimated that more than 40% of hospitals have mandatory surgery policies for women with prior cesareans contrary to national health policy and current guidelines.
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70% of labors are induced or sped up – often for non-medical indications, not resulting in improved infant outcomes.
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Black women and their babies are 4X more likely to die than white women no matter their socioeconomic status.
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I knew deep down inside that things about my birth were wrong but everyone around me said I should just “get over it”, but I couldn’t. Finding ImprovingBirth changed my life. They led me to resources and tools I wouldn’t of been able to find on my own. I was driven to share my story and make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else

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Pathways to Healing

“Well, at least you have a healthy baby”. These are the words most commonly said to people when telling their difficult birth story. It’s often what we even tell ourselves. “Why am I complaining, the baby is great, who cares how it all happened”. But deep down, you are hurting. Download this free step-by-step guide to healing. A Healthy Happy Mom is a Healthy Happy Family.

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“The Baby is the Candy, and the Mom is the Wrapper” – A Call for Humanized Birth
July 26, 2018 BY ImprovingBirth
The phrase, “The baby is the candy and the mom is the wrapper," has been stuck in my head since I read it in an NPR article. It’s the perfect descript...
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May 2, 2018 BY ImprovingBirth
“Stay on top of your pain medications.” “Sleep when the baby sleeps.” “Don’t climb stairs, drive, overexert yourself, etc.” If you have had a baby or...
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Vaginal Birth After 3 Cesareans, Are You Nuts?
October 25, 2017 BY ImprovingBirth
I was 20 when I got pregnant with my first child. I made all the typical assumptions back then. I went to my primary doctor for an OB referral having...
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