The Alabama Birth Coalition is not surprised to discover scientific evidence proves elective Caesarean sections before 39 weeks put infants at increased risks of serious health complications. A recent spate of studies, including the Millbank Report's "Evidence-Based Maternity Care," concluded health care providers are ignoring practices that have been shown to improve maternity care and instead are continuing to rely on procedures that are not only unnecessary, but can be harmful for infants and mothers.
Birth outcomes are best when the mother begins labor on her own and is supported through the physiological birth process with minimal interference. Midwife-led maternity care follows best-evidence practices.
Midwives provide superior prenatal care and counseling, which encourages and enables more women to stay healthy and complete full-term pregnancies. Midwives stay with their clients throughout labor, assisting them in achieving normal birth whenever possible. In the absence of this woman-centered personal care, birth becomes overly technological, inhumane and, not surprisingly, more risky for babies and mothers.
Alabama Birth Coalition