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Parents Rally in Richland for Maternity Care

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A small, but vocal group of parents rallied today at John Dam Plaza. The parents say they joined about 12,000 other parents and health care providers around the world to raise awareness about what they call a crisis in maternal health care.

Kseniya Deryckx says the worldwide organization wants safer practices in labor and delivery rooms based on modern research, rather than the current standard of care.

"Standard of care is similar to saying 'we've been doing it for thirty years and it's been working okay. Let's keep doing it.' That's not good enough. We want to do better."

 The group that organized today's rally, Improvingbirth.org, says American doctors are too quick to perform cesarean section deliveries. The group leaders say the surgery occurs in one in three American births, more than double the highest recommended rate by the World Health Organization, according to the mother's advocacy group. The group also contends nine out of ten American women receive care that increases the risk to mothers and their babies. 

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