Most pregnancies are not high risk but 32 percent of pregnancies in the US end in caesarean sections. This statistic is one of many that represents the mother’s lack of autonomy to chose her own birthing method. C-sections are favored by doctors for their method of delivery because of the short length of time it takes.
There are many good reasons to have c-sections, but the WHO estimates that c-section rates should occur between 10 and 15 percent, much lower than the US’s current rate.
My design for strengthening the family in the future is to have a system that lets mothers and fathers actively plan which birthing method will be the best for them. When people are put in control of their situation, they are more likely to follow through.
When mothers come in for their first pregnancy check-up doctors will explain each of the common birthing methods to them and let them chose which one is best for them considering the risk of their pregnancy. The chart will be simple but explain the benefits and disadvantages of each method.
Mothers and fathers will be better prepared for delivery through the process of intentionally selecting a birthing method. Even if the birthing method is not the one that actually happens, this will teach new parents how to be intentional in their parenting and set the tone for the child’s crucial and early years.