Here’s one guy who can tell us.
Meet Eugene R. Declercq, PhD, Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health and star of several educational youtube videos. Declercq has got a lot to say about c-sections and maternal health and he says it very clearly, albeit it with a rather dense and endearing Boston accent.
I first learned about Declercq when I saw his excellent video, “Birth By The Numbers” in which he makes breaking down maternal and infant mortality stats look easy.
Then yesterday someone sent me the clip, “The Truth About C-Sections” and I thought I’d post them here for those of you who are curious as to why one in three births in the US is via cesarean. (Hint: It’s not because mothers are suddenly too posh too push).
“Birth By The Numbers” features Inconvenient Truth-style maneuverings with various charts and graphs. It also delivers some sobering data about our maternal health care system. The other clip is shorter and a little less snazzy. Both are very thought-provoking.
If you’re at all curious about why we have so many c-sections in the U.S., I HIGHLY recommend watching one or both of these videos.
“The Truth About C-Sections” (5 minutes)
Birth By Numbers (22 minutes)