This is the CDC's Vital Stats page for cesareans. Do you know your county's risk?
My county had 21 VBAC's in 2004. Twenty-one healthy vaginal births after cesarean.
My county had 520 Repeat Cesareans.
If (being conservative) 70% of all trial of labor would result in a VBAC...that means that 364 women were potentially VBAC mothers and only TWENTY-ONE escaped being cut.
And my county has a 34.89% rate of cesarean and a 23.58% for all first time mothers having cesareans.
I'm going to scream now. I want you to hear this as a scream. I want you to hear it as the same visceral sound as if your mother caught you stealing and you are looking in her shocked face as she says "what the hell are you doing?"
WHAT ARE CARE PROVIDERS DOING TO NORMAL WOMEN IF ONE OUT OF FOUR NEW MOTHERS ARE BEING CUT AND MORE THAN ONE OUT OF THREE TOTAL MOTHERS ARE GOING HOME WITH MAJOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY AND LIFELONG COMPLICATIONS!
They are coming in pregnant and going out high risk. What is happening in the process?
The sad part is..this was three years ago. I guess the hospitals are damn lucky the rates aren't kept real-time, huh?
So what is your county doing to women and what are you doing to change it?