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The number of C-sections at hospitals may be too high

Despite recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the number of Cesarean sections performed by doctors is reportedly up. This organization generally recommends vaginal deliveries over elective C-sections.

C-sections come with additional risks such as bladder and bowel injury, and these procedures can create complications concerning future pregnancies. Also, vaginal births generally lead to quicker recovery periods and infants face a lower risk for respiratory problems.

According to one recent report, the rate of C-sections for low-risk deliveries was at approximately 18 percent. The national average was 12.6 percent back in 2000.

As Pittsburgh attorneys, we understand the difficulties that hospitals face when it comes to making certain medical decisions. Every medical circumstance is different. Also, most medical providers are responsible and do their job. Still, there are doctors that perform certain birth delivery procedures for other reasons than the well-being of the mother or child.

There could be any number of reasons for why certain hospitals perform a higher number of C-sections than do others. Unfortunately, there may also be financial reasons why doctors perform more C-sections. Medicaid and certain health care insurers may pay more when a C-section is performed that when a child is delivered vaginally.

One authority on child-birth believes that doctors need to be held accountable for these high numbers of C-sections. He believes that many reasons doctors recommend C-sections are "completely bogus," and that women are going to adhere to the suggestions of doctors when it comes to child-birth decisions. There is also likely going to be circumstances where women do not understand all of their options.


Source: The Blaze, "Excessive? Hospitals Might Be Giving Too Many Risky C-Sections, Report Finds," Liz Klimas, May 9, 2014

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