Moms rally to improve maternity care

5:07 PM, Sep 2, 2013   |    comments
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A nationwide push to improve maternity care drew a couple dozen people to a gathering in Knoxville on Monday.

More than 170 cities in the U.S., including Knoxville, hosted what's billed as the Rally to Improve Birth.

Organizers say they want to see health care providers give women full and accurate information about their care options. Too often they say many other factors play a role in the birthing process rather than what's best for the mother and the baby.

"Here care seems to be centered around profits and convenience, instead of evidence-based science which is best for mama and baby and safer. So we're here just to let women know that they have options," said rally participant Katie Ferguson.

Organizers say they would like to see the high rate of Cesarean section births decrease. They also want to see childbirth viewed as a natural part of life, instead of being treated as a medical condition.

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