Why C-section Shaming Must Stop

For starters, what’s a c-section?

According to ACOG, a caesarean section, commonly referred to as a c-section, is “the delivery of a baby through incisions made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus.” Aka a surgery that involves having your stomach and uterus cut open to retrieve the baby. This differs from a vaginal birth — what many people think of as the typical or more traditional way to give birth. A vaginal birth is simply the birth of a baby through the vagina.

How many people have c-sections?

The prevalence of c-sections is on the rise, and in recent years, roughly a third of all births in the United States have been via this procedure. To be exact, in 2015, 32% of all births in the US were via c-section, which equates to more than 1.3 million cesarean section births. That’s a lot of babies being born via c-section!

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