Let’s face it – most women believe birth is safe….. because we have so much technology. It stands to reason that as technology becomes better, birth becomes better and safer, right?
How many women believe this?
I am going to guess that most women believe this.
How many women can back this up with facts?
Hmmmm…. Probably none.
As a society we have been mesmerized and brainwashed by technology. There has been no better time in history to give birth, especially in the United States where we have the most advanced technology at our disposal.
Let’s look at some birth statistics in the US….
The maternal mortality rate for 2004 was 13.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. Black women have a substantially higher risk of maternal death than white women. The maternal mortality rate for black women was 34.7 deaths per 100,000 live births, roughly 3.7 times the rate of
9.3 for white women.
[also "The maternal mortality rate rose to 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2004, according to statistics released this week by the for Health Statistics.
The rate was 12 per 100,000 live births in 2003 — the first time the maternal death rate rose above 10 since 1977." REFERENCE]
Here are maternal death dates for the world:(p 30/48 lists the table)
Why are we not in the blue??? http://www.who.int/research/en/
Countries highlighted in blue have maternal death rates below 10/100,000: Canada, Australia, most European Countries, New Zealand, Japan. Not the US!
Our infant mortality rate MUST be the lowest in the world, right?
Here are the facts. Infant mortality increase from 2004 to 2005:
6.89/1000 in 2005
6.79/1000 in 2004
Here are the neonatal and infant mortality rates for the world:
The neonatal mortality rate in the US is 5/1000 births. Most of our European neighbors have lower neonatal mortality rates. Who attends most births in Europe? Midwives! Homebirth is not uncommon for many European nations.
Now let’s look at c-section rates!
The US c-section rate in 2006 was 31.1%
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_07.pdf (see pages 1 and 4)
The individual state c-section rates are here:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_07_tables.pdf (see table D)
Worldwide c-section rates from WHOSIS:
http://www.who.int/whosis/en/ (Click “Query the online database”; click “all countries” in the top box and then “Births by caesarean csection (%)”. Click submit
NOTE: some of the info on world c-section rates is a bit outdated
C-section birth rates in US from 1990-2003: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_04.pdf (page 3)