Do malpractice threats, real or imagined, lead to more C-sections?

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 16, 2014 11:58 a.m.


    You 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.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 16, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    June 16, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    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!

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    June 16, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    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.