C-Section’s at all time high
A new report released today by HealthGrades, entitled Obstetrics and Gynecology in American hospitals between 2002 and 2009, cesarean rates in the U.S. increased from 27 percent of all births only 34 percent, its highest point.
The study also found Florida, New Jersey and Texas, the highest rates, while Utah, Wisconsin and Colorado had the lowest.
In a press release, the report’s author Dr. Divya Cantor said:
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However, the findings do not sit well with everyone. Jacqueline Wolf, a researcher at the University of Ohio told MSNBC that 34 percent cesarean rate is too high. “Medical reasons alone can not explain why more than one in three American women need major abdominal surgery to give birth safely,” he said.
Cesarean delivery is usually done when unexpected complications arise during delivery, but the choice of procedure rather than a vaginal delivery is a big problem, and it will be under plenty of scrutiny in the coming year, Dr. Main Elliot, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, said Mira.
According to Main, while risk factors such as obesity, diabetes and multiple births are the most common reasons for the choice of procedure, only a small part of the increase. “It’s an attitude of doctors and patients who do not want to spend more time at work or will not take any perceived additional risk,” he said.
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If 34 percent seems a large number is because it is. Groups like the World Health Organization have suggested that the caesarean section rate should be 15 percent, while the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations, said that ” no data that increased rates improve any results, however, cesarean delivery rates continue to rise, “reports MSNBC.