Caesarean Births in U.S. Reach 32%, Heightening Concern – NYTimes.com

I find it impossible to believe that a 32% rate for Caesarean births in the US is solely based on concern for the health of the mothers and the babies.  This statistic in itself screams that something in terribly wrong with the health care industry and our national attitude about health.

The increases — documented in a report published Tuesday — have caused debate and concern for years. When needed, a Caesarean can save the mother and her child from injury or death, but most experts doubt that one in three women need surgery to give birth. Critics say the operation is being performed too often, needlessly exposing women and babies to the risks of major surgery. The ideal rate is not known, but the World Health Organization and health agencies in the United States have suggested 15 percent.

The continuing rise “is not going to be good for anybody,” said Dr. George A. Macones, the chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis and a spokesman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “What we’re worried about is, the Caesarean section rate is going up, but we’re not improving the health of babies being delivered or of moms.”

via Caesarean Births in U.S. Reach 32%, Heightening Concern – NYTimes.com.

Here is a link to the NPR story on the same subject with a clear chart on the increase:    http://goo.gl/OQUr

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