(Closed) C-Section Rates on the rise – Article

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Maybe you should try talking to your OB about their feelings on c-sections. I’m in FL too, and so far my OB has been pretty clear that they are trying to stay away from them with me, unless of course it’s necessary.

Post # 5
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just read that article this morning and I’m also currently reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth…now I’m so mad at all these unnecessary c-sections, that I’m ready to go march on Washington or something!!

But for your situation, you need to realize and remember every day that all the decisions for your pregnancy and baby’s birth are YOURS.  No matter what your doctor “encourages,” you have the right to say no to anything.  Since you’re just now TTC, I’d recommend that you educate yourself as much as possible from a variety of sources and then you’ll have the information to make great decisions once you are pregnant.

Post # 6
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I feel like one of the biggest things pregnant women do is go the hospital as soon as labor begins.  Labor is often long and I think waiting as long as possible to go to the hospital would minimize the chance of needing pitocin and thus c-section.  I agree with the others, you can always say no.  I’ve learned that lately just talking to my healthcare providers and when I say no, they stop pursuing the issue.  If you find you’re comfortable with your OB and confident he’ll listen to your “no” then I wouldn’t worry.

Post # 7
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I really encourage you to take a Bradley Birth class or read more about natural labor and delivery. Bradley classes really helped me learn about what my body goes through during labor and delivery while informing me on things my husband and I can do to avoid unnecassary medication(s) or a c-section. The best thing is to be informed so that you can bring up things to your doctor/midwife. I actually informed one of my doctors about several studies she didn’t know.

Post # 8
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We just watched the Business of Being Born this weekend.  It wasn’t really as informative as I thought it would be (not sure what I was expecting from a Ricki Lake documentary).  However, I do believe that the medical profession has a bit of an alterior motive when you go into a hospital.  Yes, I believe they care for the patient and the health of the baby, but they are also very concerned with not being sued, making money, and getting you in and out of there as quickly as possible. 

I think too often, doctors just assume that since the mom ends up with a healthy baby that the labor and delivery is considered a success!

Post # 9
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SecretName:I feel the exact same way. of course they need mommies and babies out ASAP because they need that bed you’re using. Just like eating out at a restaurant, you’re in and out within an hour, hell even 45 minutes, maybe a half hour now!

Post # 10
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I am a terrible person I suppose because I have always wanted a c-section and not natural birth. No c-section, no pregancy….wierd huh?

Post # 11
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Treejewel19: I have a friend of mine who wants one when she’s ready to deliver. I think her logic behind it is sound, so you’re not the only one. When it comes time, I really, really don’t want one. I agree with @bekiss that labor takes a long time, why go to the hospital right away. Dare I say, it’s one thing I’ve learned from 16 and Pregnant. The girls go to the hospital immediately when labor starts, labor for a long time, then end up getting induced and generally a c-section after. I really prefer not to go that direction when it happens for me.

Post # 12
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

watch “the business of being born” on netflix. so ridiculous!

Post # 13
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Treejewel19: I think you should go with what you want. C-sections scare the crap out of me therefor I want natural. One way works for me, another for you. It’s fine.

Post # 14
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I, myself, am absolutely appalled with C-Sections being used for and in any manner but saving the baby and/or mothers life in times when absolutely necessary.

The rate here in the states is easily assumed to be for other purposes for this. Because of this it’s highly unlikely I will ever go to a hospital again for birthing (unless directed by my midwife)

Have you considered a midwife or homebirth? I know that it seems scary for a first time pregnancy, but in reality and most instances a Midwife will help you stay as informed as you can be and she will help guide you through the process, rather than enforcing her medical “practice”. Many more women have rather traumatic experiences at hospitals as opposed to home birth experiences.

OR.. you could look into having a doula.. or someone that could be there to help you through your labor and stand with you with when a medical intervention is trying to be pushed as opposed to needed.

Some things that defintely help are:

Do NOT go to the hospital until you are in active labor…. in other words if you can comfortable rest through contractions it’s too early. <— Going to the hospital too early generally results in trying to “speed up” the labor and results in fetal distress which results in a c-section.

Having someone there that knows, understands, and supports the plan that you have and will be sure that while you’re unable to really think through options that you aren’t forced into any un-neccesary interventions.

Gain as much information as you can about birthing options, positions, and natural pain relieving options (like a warm bath/shower, moving, etc) so that you don’t end up stuck in bed with an epidural….. The Bradley Method is a great resource for Natural Childbirth

Also getting an epidural too early in labor can often lead to an un-neccesary c-section as well

Here are just 2 articles about information about lowering your c-section rate



Post # 15
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Im from Canada and work labour and delivery and I watch shows in the states like bringing home baby, baby story, 16 and pregnant etc. and its just crazy how they push pitosin and sections, here if you want a section you need a reason and pitosin is given if the baby needs to get out and the poor woman has already been in labour for hours, not right when she gets in cus the doctors want to be done before 10pm. Now Im not saying were that great either natural labour has gone out the window, every woman as soon as they come in we offer out epidural like its coffee. However Im all for epidural why go through natural birth and all the pain when theres something out there to help. I myself ended up with a section becaue I could not have an epidural or spinal due to back surgery I had and because I was so small couldnt push any longer. I think labour should be completly up to the women however I think education is key and I think alot of doctors need it lol

Post # 16
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

This is one of the many reasons I decided not to go with an in-hospital birth. The c-section rates around my area range from 35-40% depending on the hospital… it’s a little ridiculous.

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