Catching Babies in Appalachia
Midwives have a long and storied history in Appalachia. Can they help decrease the region’s high C-section rate?
On this week’s Front Porch podcast, we talk to two women who help “catch babies” in West Virginia: Leila Nichols, director of Midwifery Services at FamilyCare, and Staysha Quentrill, Strong Start Peer Leader at FamilyCare Birth Center.
The World Health Organization says 5 – 10 percent C-section rate is ideal. That rate is 33 percent for the whole U.S., and 36 percent in West Virginia – the 5th highest rate in the nation.
Nichols gives 7 reasons for the high C-section rate.
- Women being told they can’t have a vaginal birth
- Induction methods
- Continuous fetal monitoring
- Women not being given enough information about vaginal birth after C-section
- Casual attitudes toward surgery
- Reimbursements are higher for C-section
- More convenient for provider
Bonus information – what NOT to do if you’re the partner for a woman having a baby.
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