C-Section Rate at All-Time High in U.S.

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(HealthDay News) -- The Caesarean section delivery rate stands at a record high in the United States, resisting efforts by federal health officials to reduce the rate to 15 percent by the year 2010.

"Birth is a very empowering process for women," Zweifler said. Having a C-section "is taking it out of the hands of women and putting it in the hands of a surgeon in a very sterile environment. If you have a life-threatening condition or a fetus in distress, a C-section can be life-preserving. But to do it on a routine basis when there is no risk to the mother and baby, you may be causing harm, and you need to be very cautious."

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Nightfighter said…
I wonder if the cause of the increase is the convenience offered to women or is it the result of the profit based nature of medicine powered by the health insurance companies?
CW Fisher said…
Answer is PROFIT! No, no, kidding. Answer is SAFETY! Vaginal PRESERVATION! And way down the list, SPEED. Three simple cuts in two popular styles, bikini or watermelon. Rip out the baby by the feet, slap it good a few times, hand it off to nurse, who places in incubator. Set aside. Snap the uterus like a windowshade and get that placenta in a dish for later. Staple up that uterus, lose the clamps on the muscle wall, staple it. Pull the skin together, staple it again. Time! you yell, throwing down your stapler. Oh, Doctor! says your sycophantic nurse. You have beaten your own record! Again! And, sadly, you have broken another stapler.