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," she said.
A new program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is helping moms deliver naturally.
"I feel so much more comfortable than before," Richards said.
The "rock and roll" program moves labor along, which cuts down on C-sections. Nurses get women moving, including those who have had an epidural. They change positions about every 30 minutes.
"All of those moves have through research proven to assist in the descent of the babies," said Marle Shelton-Hoff, the nurse manager at Cedars-Sinai.
Cesarean section rates have skyrocketed in recent years.
"In the United States, the C-section rate has gone up from below 20 percent to now about 32.5 percent," said Dr. Sarah Kilpatrick of Cedars-Sinai.
Multiple C-sections can make it harder to get pregnant again and increase the risk of stillbirth.
Richards successfully avoided another C-section, despite 18 hours of labor and a very big baby boy.
"This is an almost 10-pound baby-- 9 pounds, 15 ounces. So yeah, I think it was a very big success," Richards said.
And now with three children to care for, she's glad she doesn't need to recover from surgery this time around.
While the rock and roll program was designed for patients with epidurals, the moves can also help manage pain for patients who are delivering without medication.
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