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C-Section Rates Soaring - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 8th, 2008

06:58 am - C-Section Rates Soaring

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The American College of Obstetrics and Gynocolgy has come out with an official and adamant statement of non-support for homebirth. You can read it at: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr02-06-08-2.cfm They got many things wrong in this statement. First of all, there is nothing being done to lower the c-section rate these days (as they claim there is). In fact, it just keeps going up. It is now 30% and rising. Many hospitals have a 50% rate! That's one out of two women having their baby cut out of them. OUTRAGEOUS! I read a newspaper article from the early 60's which stated that doctors were very concerned that unnecessary c-sections were being performed because the c-section rate had risen from 5% to 6%! I've been doing a lot of research on this, and I keep finding that c-section rates are rising due to fear of litigation. If something goes wrong, and the doctor didn't do a c-section, he will lose in court. Doing a C-section means he "did everything he could", and it usually protects him. Obstetritions pay incredible amounts for mal-practice insurance. Every time they get sued (which is more often than one might think), it goes up. I read (and this was years ago, so it may be more now) that it takes 150 births just to pay an OB's annual insurance costs. (And he gets considerably more money for performing surgery than for sitting on his hands and watching a mother push her baby out! C-sections help pay his insurance costs off sooner.) In his eyes, he cannot afford to put his practice in jeopardy by not performing c-sections when things don't go like clockwork. And the problem is, normal birth is often a very unpredictable, stop-and-go process. Normal birth requires attendants to be very patient and let nature take its course. Doctors, on the other hand, are very busy, overworked and under-slept people who want to get births OVER WITH, so they can go home or back to the office ASAP! This article states many reasons for the rising rates, and they are all due to things like the increased incidence of maternal obesity, diabetes and the fact that more and more women are giving birth at a later age... as though the rising rate is the fault of women alone. The doctors did not own up to, or question, their part in this problem. They state that hospitals are safer than homes for giving birth. There are a lot of statistics that refute that statement. Personally, I wouldn't give birth in a hospital because I consider them UNSAFE places to perform a perfectly natural act like birthing a baby. More on THAT later!