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.