UK Hospital Seeks to Lower C-section Rate

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in the UK town of Reading is seeking to lower its 27% c-section rate through the following:


Increasing the number of natural births in first time mothers

Increasing the rate of VBACs (vaginal births after Cesarean)

Focusing on education and active birthing classes

Encouraging women to give birth in the water

Encouraging women to birth in an upright position which the midwives spearheading the program say “can reduce the risk of complications in women who are perhaps at a greater risk in the first place because of things like age and weight.”