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Birth rights demonstrators rally for improvement to maternity care

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It may be a holiday to celebrate the working people, but it was mothers who took center stage at the state capitol on Labor Day.

No one said it was easy, but perhaps bringing a son into the world didn't have to be as difficult as it was for new mom Kaity Williamson.

"I had about four and a half months of complications from my C-section," said Williamson. "It was rough, and it's kinda why I'm here. I'm a mom and I've given birth in a system where convenience came before me."

It's that system that these moms say continues to medicalize child birth, yet still ranks behind 44 other countries when it comes to birth outcomes.

"The World Health Organization says we should only have a 10-15 percent Cesarean section rate," said Erica Gibson with the South Carolina Birth Coalition. "In the United States, one-third of all women give birth through Cesarean section surgery and in South Carolina it's actually 35 percent."

"Even on your first C-section, you have the risk of total hysterectomy, uterine rupture," said Williamson.

Reaching from personal and recent experiences of their own, the moms who demonstrated at the capitol say too often women are pushed to give birth without considering all the options.

"Mine was out of convenience," admitted Williamson. "My doctor didn't want to hang out at the hospital. They're waiting exactly until 39 weeks and the brain development between 39 weeks and 40 weeks is astronomical."

The message the moms hope to deliver is one of education. They says know your choices so you can choose what's best for you.

"Birth is a big business," said Gibson. "Birth is natural, and it doesn't need to be so medicalized, so we need to listen to women."

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