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SALT LAKE CITY — Mothers around the nation are rallying to change the way babies are brought into the world.
The group is part of the "National Rally for Change" campaign that aims to raise awareness about the number of newborns and women who die in childbirth.
They say part of the problem is the high instance of interventions, such as a planned induction of labor and c-sections. These procedures are meant to save lives, but often lead to other complications.
- Increased risk of abnormal fetal heart rate, shoulder dystocia and other problems with the baby in labor.
- Increased risk of your baby being admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- Increased risk of forceps or vacuum extraction used for birth.
- Increased risk of cesarean section.
- Increased risks to the baby of prematurity and jaundice.
"In the U.S., we're really impatient," said Anna Van Wagoner, who is the rally organizer. "We don't want to wait for babies to come on their own time."
"In birth, less is more," Eagle Mountain resident Aubrey Slabbert said. "So, if we're using these options more judiciously, we have less chance of things going wrong."
In the United States, one of every three births are cesarean. According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. spends the most money in maternity care, but is behind 49 other developed nations in maternal survival rates.