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How to Reduce Your Risk of a Cesarean Birth

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How many cesarean births are there?


Doctors performing c-section.
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Why would you want to reduce the number of cesarean births?


Newborn baby in delivery room.
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Choose a provider with a low cesarean rate


Doctors with woman in labor.
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Choose a place of birth with a low cesarean rate


IV drip.
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Avoid induction of labor


Doula visiting pregnant woman at home.
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Hire a doula


Partner supporting woman in labor at home.
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Stay home as long as possible


Midwife explaining childbirth to pregnant woman.
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Use intervention, like water breaking, wisely


Smiling pregnant woman talking to her doctor.
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Get a second opinion


Mother holding newborn baby after giving birth.
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Consider a vaginal birth after a cesarean


Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

@RobinPregnancy

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D., LCCE, CLC, AdvCD(DONA) is a childbirth educator, doula, founder of Childbirth.org, and the award-winning pregnancy and parenting author of “The Complete Illustrated Guide to Pregnancy” and more than 10 other books. Between her nine children, teaching childbirth classes, and attending births for more than two decades, she has built up an impressive and practical knowledge base. You can follow Robin on Twitter @RobinPregnancy, Instagram, and Facebook.