Masterclass Description

Preventing the Preventable Cesarean

Instructor: Henci Goer | Duration: 54 Minutes

Get the facts about the tradeoffs between cesarean delivery and vaginal birth, find out why cesareans aren’t always done “only when they are necessary,” and learn strategies to help you maximize your chances for a safe, vaginal birth.


This masterclass will enable you to…

  • Debunk claims of benefits for liberal use of cesarean surgery.
  • List excess maternal, perinatal, and reproductive harms attendant on cesarean surgery.
  • List excess maternal and neonatal harms that increase with accumulation of cesarean surgeries.
  • Describe nonmedical factors driving excessive cesarean surgery rates and interfering with women making informed choices.
  • Implement strategies to prevent preventable first cesareans.


This masterclass will cover…

  • Why Should You Care?
  • What’s a Reasonable Rate?
  • Why Are Cesarean Rates So High?
  • Why Can’t You Assume Doctors and Midwives Know Best?

Unique to CBU: Every lecture has “take-away” ideas and tips to help you make decisions and obtain optimal care for you and your baby!


Childbirth U is intended to help you make informed decisions about maternity care; however, the information found on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your physician or midwife before acting on any of the information you find here. While the content of CBU lectures is believed to be true and accurate at the time of publication, we accept no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the content of CBU lectures.

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