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Concerns Raised by New Mother Survey

Woman About to Give Birth
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The third annual Listening to Mothers report—a survey of 2,400 new mothers in the U.S.—was just released, and it has some alarming statistics.

A few key takeaways: Risky procedures like labor induction and c-sections are overused in healthy women, and most women don't understand the risks of the procedures.

“Pressure to have unwanted procedures, a lack of awareness about their downsides, and unqualified trust in health care providers are a potent combination, making women and their babies vulnerable to poor quality care,” said Maureen Corry, Childbirth Connection’s Executive Director.

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