|Empowered, vaginal birth when the doctors|
recommended a cesarean for the birth of their daughter
Birth is important - I mean it is how we come earth-side so to speak, yet with this very important moment in time, families are often left powerless, unable to make decisions, not given all the information they need to make a good decision.
If we are spending:
$98 billion: The total amount spent in the US each year on hospital bills related to childbirth. The average health care provider fees for maternal care are twice as high as any other country. (AmnestyUSA.org)
then why with 4 million births in the US each year do we see that
49: The number of countries that have lower maternal mortality ratios than the US. Women in the US are more likely to die of pregnancy related complications than in 49 other countries, including nearly all European countries, Canada and several countries in Asia and the Middle East.