Want to lower your chance of a c-section? The Amish might have the answer.

Shipshewana-indiana-amish-buggyA recent study out of Southern Wisconsin, followed 418 Amish women, who delivered 927 babies. What they noticed was that only 4% went on to have c-sections in comparison to a staggering 27-34% overall average in the US.  What was even more remarkable was the rate of VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), which was 95%, compared to 8% in the average general population.

So what do we have to owe these incredible discrepancies?

The answer is, simple, low-tech births, as well as prevention and early treatment (when possible) of potential complications like breech. Essentially, it is about only using intervention when necessary and remembering that birth is a normal and natural process.

My top 5 ways to reduce your need for medical interventions:

  1. Moxibustion for breech presentation (when applicable)
  2. Acupuncture for cervical ripening and labour preparation
  3. Good nutrition
  4. Plenty of rest
  5. Support (family, friends and a doula)

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