Imagine placing a microphone in a room filled with tens of thousands of expectant mothers gathered to talk about their pregnancies and experiences with previous births. Around you would be first-time mothers and fifth-time mothers, poor mothers and rich mothers, white mothers and black mothers. What would you say to this audience to educate them about the implications of rising cesarean section rates?
This isn’t a hypothetical question. These rooms exist virtually on Internet parenting forums. Each day, thousands of mothers across the United States go online to talk about every aspect of their pregnancies and birth experiences, including c-sections.