Impt. aspects of high c-section rates

This article by Naomi Freundlich on the HealthBeat Blog makes a number of important discussion posts on the topic of rapid increases in c-sections in the US.  Here I am highlighting the doubling of the maternal mortality rates but be sure to read the original article for other important points.

“…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 told the New York Times that the continuing rise “is not going to be good for anybody.” “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.”

The proof of that is clear from findings released by Amnesty International that the maternal mortality rate in the US has doubled from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 births in 1987 to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 births in 2006. According to the report, “women in the USA have a higher risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than those in 40 other countries.”  The rise in c-sections, according to the report, has a clear role in this rise in maternal mortality….”

via Health Beat: Over-treating Birth? C-section Rates Hit an All-time High of 32%.


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