Cesarean Childbirth

Elizabeth Smith

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) recognizes that cesarean childbirth, a surgical procedure for delivery of a baby(ies) through the abdomen, can be a life-saving operation. In conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society for MaternalFetal Medicine and many other health governing bodies, ICEA agrees that although sometimes imperative for the safety of the mother and/or child(ren), the rapid increase in the rate of cesareans is cause for concern. The decision for Cesarean should be made on a case-by-case basis where education on the benefits and risks are discussed allowing for informed choice.

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