Rates of caesarean section have increased from 17% in 1995 to 28% in 2010. Failure to progress in labour is the most common reason cited for performing a caesarean section. Factors that contribute to failure to progress include: maternal stress/anxiety, a contracted pelvis, poor strength or coordination of contractions, fetal malposition (breech presentation) and large fetal size (macrosomia).
The benefits to both mom and infant of normal vaginal delivery are numerous:
- Lower risk of post-partum depression
- Greater infant-maternal bond
- Better digestive health for the baby as he/she acquires his/her normal flora as he/she passes through the birth canal.
- Lower risk of death for mom and baby
- Lower risk of injury to mom and baby
- Lower risk of infection for mom and baby
Naturopathic doctors can effectively manage the factors that contribute to c-section through diet, stress reduction, exercise, vitamin and mineral balance, and even acupuncture and moxibustion to turn a baby that is in breech position.
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