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- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
My OB/GYN spoke with the local newspaper about elective births, how the local hospitals have worked on reducing the rate of elective births, and how that reduction has caused a subsequent reduction in Ceasarians and NICU admissions.
One local hospital implemented more stringent rules regarding elective early term births in July 2012 and they found reduced rates from 33% in 2010 to 4.5% in 2013!
Here’s the article: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/os-birth-deliveries-scheduled-early-20130613,0,2299650.story
So glad my doctor seems to be as concerned with this issue as I am. What is our doctor and/or local hospital doing to reduce elective births? Is it as much of an issue in the UK or Canada as it is here in the US?
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@beachbride1216: I have no idea but the hospital I will deliver at has a 45.2% c-section rate! I MEAN HOLY CRAP!!
Post # 4
@beachbride1216: Curious about the rules established by the hospital. Do you have a run down of what those were? That is quite a drop.
I personally have never been okay with vaginal delivery, it is a personal thing. If hospitals refused my right to choose how I delivered my child I would find a new hospital or not have children. For me it is a deep rooted fear and a decision I made in my early teens.
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@beachbride1216: I’m not surprised in the decrease, but then again I work in the field and we’ve seen a HUGE push to decrease the rates of EEDs from groups like the Leapfrog Group, Catalyst for Payment Reform, March of Dimes, and the IHI.
It’s a huge cost and quality issue for moms and babies, and I’m happy to see the rates continually going down. Elective c-section rates are up next!
Post # 6
I’m not surprised but only because I already knew hospitals were cracking down on it, which is great!
Post # 7
@Treejewel19: I firmly believe that every pregnant woman should be able to make her own health care decisions. That said, two thoughts:
– it’s really a shame that there is so much fear surrounding childbirth in our culture, especially because much of it is based on misinformation and skewed portrayals in the media. When/if you do get pregnant, I hope you are able to find a caring provider who will help assuage some of those fears.
– a decision made in one’s early teens is often not rooted in as much wisdom as it probably should be for something as important as birth. It’s probably worth revisiting with a more mature perspective when the time comes. You might end up making the same basic decision, but it should be reached with more experience and information than you had when you were younger.
Post # 8
Totally not surprised, but greatly delighted!!!
Our cesarean rates are atrociously high & I’m glad that someone somewhere is starting to do something about it!
Post # 9
@KCKnd2: I am 30 and as someone who will shortly be TTC I still have absolutely no intention of vaginal birth. I consider my decision a mature one and I have read and educated myself accordingly. An irrational fear is not magically cured by pamphlets, chats and educational books. That is like telling someone with a fear of flying to read safety records to be cured.
Post # 10
Wow that’s an amazing decrease!
Post # 11
Thanks for this article! I am supposed to be delivering at this Winnie Palmer Hospital which I am thankful they are cracking down on this. Hope that my doctor is in agreement to not induce me unless medically neccessary.