A recent study has really brought to light an interesting aspect of giving Birth. A recent study suggested that at least 34% of all childbirths are done as a C-section.
This begs the question….are all of these C-sections medically necessary? It is certain that the number of C-sections are increasing.
Giving birth by Cesarean section or also called Cesarean section and C-section can be a difficult choice. For many it becomes a life saving measure during an emergency while giving birth. It is another valid option other than vaginal delivery.
The raise in number of C-sections is astounding. Consider that in 1970 only 6 percent of all births were by C-section. Back in 2005 that number had increased 5 times to over 30% of pregnancies.
C-section is a abdominal surgery then through the uterus to allow for the birth of a child. It is often considered riskier than vaginal birth but both procedures cause a risk for mortality of both the baby and the mother.
The following are several reasons to have a C-section planned:
1.) A previous C-section – although not must – having a previous C-section does not prohibit you from ever having a vaginal delivery again
2.) Your baby is Breech [Bottom first]
3.) Your baby is transverse [sideways]
4.) More than one baby – C-section may be an option
5.) You develop a condition known as Placenta previa
6.) Mother having HIV and a high viral load. [HIV isn’t passed through the placenta but can be transferred
during vaginal delivery
7.) Complication to baby that otherwise would worsen with vaginal delivery
8.) A very large baby
1.) Difficulty during birth
2.) Distress of baby during birth
3.) Umbilical cord concerns
4.) Placenta abruption [placenta unattaches from uterine wall – loss of oxygen to baby]
*** – remember that over 90% of preterm deliveries are done by C-section http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/22684_30185.asp
Let’s take a closer look at the data from the most recent study:
19 out of 50 states were studied
Florida (38.6%), New Jersey (38%), and Texas (35.9%), had the highest rates.
Utah (22.4%), Wisconsin (25.1%), and Colorado (27.3%) had the lowest rates.
Study was done by HealthGrades – this website allows a user to search and rate their physician.
From 2002 – 2009 C-section occurrence raised from 27% to 34%
A separate study from the Centers for Disease Control put the number at 32% in 2007
What was your experiences with a C-section?
– Please go to our comment section and let us know – Elective vs. Medically Required
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