More and more women are having C-sections when it is technically not medically necessary. Some women and doctors opt to have unnecessary C-sections because theoretically it makes the birth process faster and easier.
Some professional women are choosing to have C-sections because it is easier to schedule a specific date and time to have a baby than to wait for it to naturally happen. Who wants to be in labor for 30 hours when you can deliver a baby by C-section in an hour?
One good way for women to take control of how they want to have a baby. If a woman wants to have a midwife and give birth at home that is fine. If the woman wants to have a C-section she should be able to have one. The troublesome thing is that many women do not choose to have a C-section. Most OBGYNs schedule C-sections or during the course of the natural delivery, the OBGYNs do emergency C-sections because “labor is not progressing.”
There is an increasing trend of first time mothers getting C-sections, and once a woman has a C-section for one child, all of her future children will be delivered by C-section. A study conducted by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development found that there is an alarming increase in C-sections and it is worrisome because caesareans pose a risk of surgical complications that can extend the hospital stay for both the mother and the baby. Complications include hemorrhaging, infection and damage to the placenta as a result of the C-section. Also the cost of a C-section is nearly double the cost for a vaginal delivery.
Doctors blame the threat of medical malpractice suits for the high rise of C-sections. Florida OBYGYN negligence lawsuits have caused doctors to perform preventative medicine. At the slightest sign of trouble, they do a C-section because they don’t want to be accused of malpractice. Doctors should do what is medically necessary for the patient. If a C-section is not medically necessary, and there are alternative ways to handle the situation that will not negligently cause harm to the mother or the baby, the OBGYN should employ those methods.
It is important for women to talk to their physicians about the best and safest options available for child birth. Natural delivery may not always be the healthiest method for a woman. During natural delivery complications sometimes do arise that require a C-section.