Medical Center protest draws large crowd

Demonstrators protest high birth intervention rate, call for 'evidence-based maternity care'

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 03 2012 03:39:12 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 03 2012 04:30:59 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Demonstrators -- 300-strong at one point -- lined Babcock Road in the Medical Center Monday morning.

According to protest organizer Tiffany Hartnett, they wanted to create an awareness of what they say are dangerous birth practices in this country.

“The US is 50th for maternal mortality for mothers during childbirth,” she said. “We want moms to know what questions to ask. We need people to understand what their options are."

The group’s placards urged mothers to get what they call "evidence-based care" during delivery.

Hartnett says there are too many C-sections performed based simply on the convenience of physicians.

San Antonio wasn’t the only city to stage protests on Monday.

Hartnett said that demonstrations were held in 105 other cities across the nation.

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