Books You Should Buy


About the Author


Jill Arnold is a consumer advocate who founded The Unnecesarean in August 2008 as a collection of big baby birth stories, as well as women’s accounts of their cesareans and VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean).  After refusing a planned cesarean for suspected macrosomia based on a 38 week ultrasound estimate of fetal weight, she gave birth vaginally to a healthy baby and later found that the midwives model of care better met her needs as a pregnant woman. The final post on The Unnecesarean was on August 8, 2012.

Arnold’s manages and updates, which she founded in February 2012, and maintains a large social media community of 44,000 Facebook and Twitter followers (not including site traffic) focused on patient autonomy, informed consent, data transparency and other issues related to the U.S. maternity care system and beyond. 



Consumers Union Safe Patient Project Summit, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, New York, November 15, 2012. [link]

Panelist at the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on May 31-June 1, 2012 [link]

Arnold, J. (2011, October). Mandated Reporting of Maternity Care Utilization Data. Scientific session presented at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, D.C. [link]





Aetna Urges Moms To Avoid Cesareans Births To Reduce Risk,, July 2012. [link

New Website Presents Comprehensive Collection of Cesarean Rates Throughout U.S. Hospitals, Yahoo! News, February 2012. [link]

Birthrights: The Risk of Choice (documentary), Al Jazeera English, April 2011. [link]

Modern Medicine: Unnecessary C-Sections on the Rise,, November 2010. [link]


Articles and Advocacy: 

Consumer Representative, Listening to Mothers III National Advisory Council, 2012.

Stakeholder Workgroup Member on the Strategies to Reduce Cesarean Birth Among Low Risk Women project funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and conducted by Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center, 2012. [link]

Consumer delegate at the Home Birth Consensus Summit, October 2011. [link]

Reviewer for Pregnancy and Birth chapter of Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011 Edition. [link]

Author of “Call It A Comeback? The Many Faces of Nitrous Oxide for Labor Pain Relief”, RH Reality Check, December 2010. [link]

Author of “Discussing Your Options with Your Care Provider”, Lamaze’s A Woman’s Guide to VBAC, 2010 [link]

Cited in “Social Media, Power, and the Future of VBAC”, Journal of Perinatal Education, Summer 2010. [link]

Featured in a full-page in Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011 Edition. [link]



I Loved My C-Section, HuffPost Live, November 2012. [link]

Consumer Advocate, Jill Arnold, Talks to Babble about C-sections, Birth Wars & the Way Forward, Being Pregnant, July 2012. [link]

Interview with Jill Arnold from The Unnecesarean and Cesarean Rates, Pregnancy and Birth, March 2012. [link]

SuperTalk Mississippi’s Paul Gallo Show, Feb 29, 2012. [link]