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But you know what really amazes me?
That it isn't HIGHER.
Yes, 32% is high, but let's look at the way most women are giving birth:
Almost all of them are birthing in the hospital. Despite recent media attention about this "skyrocketing" home birth rate, we are still looking at less than one percent of women actually birthing at home.
41% of women were induced medically to start labor.
The "Listening to Mothers Survey" found that 76% of women birthing in the hospital reported having an epidural for pain relief. That means that more than 3/4 of women were not able to walk or move their legs at the time of birth.
They also found that of the women birthing vaginally, 57% did so laying on their backs.
35% birthed in a propped position in the hospital bed, but NOT in a full squat.
Only 3% were birthing in an upright position.
Of those moms with an epidural, only 41% had a strong urge to push.
The nearly one third c-section rate scares people. It makes us think that our bodies don't work. It makes natural birth freaks like myself turn red and wake up in a cold sweat at night.
But when we look at how women are birthing:
In a hospital-
Very often before the baby triggered labor-
With half of their body numb-
Laying on their backs-
Often so numb that they don't even feel the URGE to push-
And yet, women, the vast majority in fact, are still able to birth their babies without an abdominal incision.
If that isn't proof that your body rocks, then quite frankly, I don't know what is.