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Women rally around county for better maternity care

Women rally at East DeRenne Avenue and Reynolds Street on Monday morning. Women rally at East DeRenne Avenue and Reynolds Street on Monday morning.

It is said that babies are the most precious gift anyone can receive.

"Children are an amazing factor in our lives," said Kagan Wagner of Savannah.

But having a child can be quite confusing with all of the birthing options. Those options are something a group of mothers rallying at the corner of East DeRenne Avenue and Reynolds Street on Monday morning want to raise awareness about.

"The options would be watchful waiting past 40 weeks. Up to 42 weeks instead of an elective induction. No elective inductions for a "big baby". Or no Cesareans of inductions where it's not medically indicated," said rally coordinator Christine Rushing said. 

When it comes to C-sections, the World Health Organization warns against unnecessary surgeries, saying that while there is no ideal C-section rate, the percentage should be between 10 percent and 15 percent. But according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S.'s cesarean section rate in 2010 was 32.8 percent, which is slightly lower than the 2009 rate of 32.9 percent, but it's much higher than what's recommended.

"It's kind of personal for me. I was given an unnecessary Cesarean section," Kagan said.

"For my own experience, I didn't know what I could and couldn't say no to. I didn't know what was OK to ask and so I didn't and at the end I felt very powerless," said Rachel Bruce, of Savannah.

But the group is joining thousands of women in 45 states as they rally to give the power back to expecting mothers, encouraging them to ask questions and informing them of the many options available.

Scott Larson, spokesman for St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital issued the following statement: "St. Joseph's/Candler encourages expecting mothers to research the birth process and consult with their doctors to outline a birthplan in advance. Every mother's health and circumstance is different and her care should be tailored specifically to her by a well-trained physician."

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