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Published September 02, 2013, 06:51 PM

Labor Day “Improving Birth” Rally

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A rally and protest rolled into one today in south Fargo; part of a nation-wide effort to end what one group is calling "a maternity health crisis."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A rally and protest rolled into one today in south Fargo; part of a nation-wide effort to end what one group is calling "a maternity health crisis."

On this Labor Day, the organization "Improving Birth" rallied against the rising number of C-sections.

Christine Mehl came to the Fargo rally with her belly even painted up for the event. More than two-dozen people gathering at a busy 25th Street and 32nd Avenue South intersection to protest the increase in C-sections.

Amber Kracht- Improve Birth: “We respect OB's and doctors and everything they do for women, but we think we have gotten to a point where things are happening too frequently for not the right reasons.”

Here in North Dakota, the group says the state's C-section rate is nearly 28%. The group, Improving birth, calls it a true crisis with some of the highest costs and some of the worse health outcomes in childbirth.

Christine Mehl- Attended Rally: “It has become so routine for them; the caregivers, that they forget how important that moment is.”

Brittany Pickard- Supports Natural Birth: “It (vaginal birth) is safer; safer for babies and mommies. It is a better experience, but that is not the only reason.”

These Labor Day rallies are happening across the nation and the group is calling for less medical intervention during births. Right now, one in three births results in a C-section. C-section, the group says, is physician-driven.

On this Labor Day, the group wants the public to know there is a time and place for section, it is just right now, there are too many of them.

Between 1970 and 2007, the cesarean delivery rate in the United States increased dramatically from 5% to more than 31%.

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