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Mothers rally to raise maternal healthcare awareness

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A nationwide group chose Labor Day as a day to call attention to a different kind of labor.

People from a group called Improving Birth wants women to choose baby delivery methods that promote lower risks of complications and injuries.

Shreveport mothers joined the rally at the Duck Pond on Kings Hwy holding signs that read things like, "Evidence based birth" and "Vaginal birth after cesarean."

The group says far too often, choices of care are made on the basis of money.

In a statement released by organizers of the 2013 Rally to Improve Birth, "Louisiana's C-section rate of 39.7% is significantly higher than the 15% suggested by the World Health Organization as a highest recommended rate.  While some will point to older, more obese, less healthy mothers as the reason for such high rates of Cesarean surgery, research shows that the most variability in rates is currently among low-risk women, and the Joint Commission, the national accrediting body for hospitals, recently pointed to "physician factors" as the driving force in these differences."

"What I'd like to see happen is that all providers practice evidence-based care and that mothers are the center of the choices and they make the decisions - informed consent - and informed refusal," said Hannah Birchman at the rally in Baton Rouge.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide effort to spread their message.

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