It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease

The Globe and Mail

The No. 1 reason for hospitalization in Canada is childbirth. The most commonly performed surgery in this country is the cesarean section.

Those facts should give us all a case of morning sickness. And they should prompt a lot of hard questions.

Is pregnancy a disease? Is a hospital really the best place to give birth? Are women ending up there by choice or by default? Is surgery actually required to deliver one in every five babies?

There were 389,822 live births in Canada in 2012-13, according to Statistics Canada; there were 369,454 births in hospitals, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The balance were home births or babies born in birthing centres not located in a hospital. (Also, Statscan counts actual babies; for CIHI, multiple births – twins and up – count as a single birth.)

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease – The Globe and Mail.

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