Most women want to birth their babies vaginally, with only a small portion of women electively choosing to have a cesarean. Many elective cesareans are a result of fear mongering on behalf of caregivers to women who have had previous cesarean births. It wasn't until last year in 2010 that ACOG changed it's position on VBACs being a safe option for women. The climate of hospital birth needs to change to facilitate normal birth. This can be done by reducing the frequency of inductions (including routine stripping of membranes), not admitting women to the hospital who are not in active labour, allowing women the freedom to move, eat and drink during labour, decreasing the use of electronic fetal monitoring (can create false alarms) and respecting a woman's privacy so she can be comfortable, to name a few.
The alarmingly high cesarean rate needs to drop, performing major surgery on people who do not need surgery increases risks of infection, complications for mom and baby at birth and in the future. Training needs to change to adequately teach doctors in medical school about normal physiological birth, most doctors have never seen a natural birth without intervention. The following video with Dr. Eugene Declercq from Boston University School of Public Health explains the cesarean myths that are prevalent in society and why they are absolutely not true. Women are being robbed of birth and many are turning a blind eye, things NEED to change for the health and emotional wellbeing of mothers and babies worldwide.