@RedShirtYou left out the biggest reason for an increased C-section
rate: Increased maternal obesity.In layperson's terms, if
you're an overweight mother you're more likely to have a C-section.
What is left out of this article is the fact that quite often women will head to
the hospital the minute their water breaks. For most, that is not necessary,
and so after waiting around for 12 hours with little progress the OB will opt to
pull the baby out. There is also the problem with women wanting to
birth their child on a specific date. This is bad because they have to be
induced, and often that induction leads to problems that require a C-section
also.There are many factors leading to the high number of
C-sections, not just the Doctor avoiding malpractice lawsuits.
Defensive medicine is costly to the public and sometimes dangerous. In OB-GYN,
the threat of malpractice in constant and C-section is often the default
decision. According to those knowledgable in the subject, in Utah an obstetrical
malpractice settlement of less than $400,000 usually implies that it had no
merit. Our medical-legal system does not do well in distinguishing a bad result
from bad medicine.
Furry. Nope, its the lawyers business and a very lucrative one for them! Have
you ever wondered why medical costs have skyrocketed? Look to your friendly,
smiling mal-practice attorney!
Let the doctor make a medically-based decosion/recommendation on what is needed.
Let the doctor and the pregnant woman decide jointly whether that
recommendation is taken. It is THEIR business.