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Can we Reduce the Rate of Cesarean Section Births?

 

Whether common knowledge or not, the Cesarean Section birth rate in the U.S. hovers around 31%. meaning that 1 of 3 babies in our country are born by Cesarean Section.  In the last 2 decades, the rate of Cesarean Section births has continued to rise, even for first-time mothers.  According to our national organization, ACOG, the most common reason for Cesarean Section birth among first-time mothers is abnormal progess in labor.  The rate of Cesarean Section birth among first-time mothers varies throughout the country, raising their concern for the re-evaluation and standardization of the definitions of 'normal labor progress' among practicing Obstetricians in our country.

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Common Reasons why a Cesarean Section may be recommended in Labor

Cesarean Section Delivery isn’t Failure…It’s ‘Plan B’

 

If I had a nickel for the many times I’ve heard a laboring patient say, “I really don’t want a Cesarean Section!”  In addressing their labor concerns, often times I try re-clarifying with them what they really mean in saying “I don’t want a Cesarean Section”.  I believe what most of our patients really mean is:

“I’m really ‘hoping’ for a vaginal birth”…

“If I had a preference for delivery, it would be vaginally, rather than by Cesarean Section”…

However…

“If circumstances arise for which a Cesarean Section would be better for the health and safety of my baby, I’d definitely agree to Cesarean Section delivery”…

 


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