Cesarean sections are major surgeries done to deliver a baby through an incision made in the mother’s abdomen. It’s the most common surgery performed in the United States. While one in four births in the U.S. happen this way, Native American women have the lowest rates of cesarean deliveries. Why is that? Is that a good or a bad thing?
Dr. Patrisia Gonzales (Kickapoo, Comanche and Nahua) – Associate professor at the University of Arizona, traditional birth attendant
Dr. Jean Howe – OBGYN at Northern Navajo Medical Center and chief clinical consultant for OBGYN for the IHS
Kimberly Couch – Director of Women and Infant services at Phoenix Indian Medical Center
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