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"Rock and Roll Program" Cuts Down on Number of C-Sections

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Mother's Day is a special one for all moms but especially for one California mother who had a special delivery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Sara Richards is having her third child. She ended up needing a c-section for her second. She's hoping that doesn't happen this time. "I don't want to have open surgery again, if it can be avoided."

Thanks to a new program at Cedars-Sinai she likely won't have to. The medical center is helping moms deliver naturally. The so-called Rock and Roll Program moves labor along, cutting down on c-sections. As part of the program, nurses get women moving and have them change positions about every 30 minutes. The "Rock and Roll Program" was designed for patients with epidurals but the moves can also help manage pain for patients delivering without medication.

 "All of those moves have through research proven to assist in the decent of the babies," managing Nurse of Cedars-Sinai Marle Shelton-Hoff explains.

Caesarian section rates have skyrocketed in recent years. "In the United States, the c-section rate has gone up from below 20% to now about 32.5%," says Dr. Sarah Kilpatrick of Cedars-Sinai.

Multiple c-sections can make it harder to get pregnant again and increase the risk of stillbirth.

Sara Richards successfully avoided another c-section despite 18 hours of labor and a very big baby boy, weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces. And she's happy she doesn't need to recover from surgery now that she has three kids to care for.

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