A rally to call attention to the healthcare crisis for maternity care was held Monday at Forsyth Park.
Mothers, fathers, children, healthcare providers and birth professionals gathered for the peaceful, family-oriented rally.
One of several of the concerns is with the current all-time high cesarean section rate of 1 in 3 births.
"We have the most expensive maternity care in the world, but we have one of the worst health outcomes of all developed nations. so, we're in a real crisis and people don't realize it, people don't realize that there's a problem, so we're trying to just get that message out and to let women know that they do have choices and options," Christine Rushing, a local rally coordinator.
Rallies were also held in more than 150 cities around the country and all 50 states including South Carolina. The World Health Organization said the cesarean section rate should be at 10 to 15 percent.
The Palmetto State has a maternal death rate higher than 33 other states.
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