AMC Entertainment
United States of America

In Season 3 of AMC’s television series The Walking Dead, the episode titled “The Killer Within” has a very disturbing scene in with the character of Lori has a gory, unnecessary cesarean section birth performed by the character Maggie and witnessed by her son. This scene helps perpetuate the ongoing lie of an honorable death during childbirth, which is in fact rare.

This scene is particularly awful in light of several ways that it misleadingly portrays an all too common real life situation. Important to note that it depicted an untrained hand who sliced open the organ that generates life and would cut fetus and disembowel mother , death in a minute They covered this with smiles and music. While the show is in fact fiction, in reality, It exploits, fears and condones violence against women. A breach is rarely a reason by itself to perform a c-section as the baby can be turned around internally and externally.

Additionally, c-section births are performed far more often than necessary and entail far greater risks to both mother and child than natural birth through the birth canal.

Here are some disturbing statistics regarding both:

According to a recent consensus statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there are about four deaths for every 100,000 women after vaginal deliveries and about 13 deaths for every 100,000 women after cesareans.

Severe complications like bleeding and infections are also more common – experienced by about 8.6 percent of women after vaginal births and 9.2 percent after C-sections.

We, the undersigned, call on AMC Networks to remove, edit, or add a disclaimer to The Walking Dead episode "The Killer Within" from Season 3. It portrays dangerous misconceptions about breach births, cesarean section birth and death during childbirth. Viewers who are uneducated about the actual information regarding the situation portrayed in the episode are literally at risk of making a poor decision about their own childbirth procedures that can result in severe and unnecessary health risks to both the mother and the child.

Every time misinformation of this nature is represented in popular culture it undermines proper education on the subject. Help to undersign this effort to help expectant mothers gain a true understanding of what the benefits and risks are.

Use of c-section in new births is already inappropriately high in view of statistical information that is readily available to support their decreased use. Help put an honest frame on the discussion of natural birth vs. c-section birth and show your selves as allies of the young families that watch your television series.

Please do the right thing and let your viewers know you care about the welfare of them and their families.

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