Many South Carolina women fail to consider the fact that they may have to deliver their babies via a Cesarean section. However, an increasing number of expectant mothers are now giving birth through this method, with C-section rates rising rapidly across the country. C-sections carry a much higher risk of serious complications than traditional vaginal deliveries. This raises questions about why some U.S. hospitals are so quick to recommend a C-section delivery.
According to USA Today, since 1985, the World Health Organization has stated that the C-section rate at U.S. hospitals should fall somewhere between about 10% and 15% of all births.
Despite WHO asserting that C-sections should only be necessary in 10% or 15% of cases, 31% of all American-born babies are now birthed via this surgical procedure. In some U.S. hospitals, the C-section rate exceeds 60%. This begs the question of whether some health care providers might be recommending C-sections rather than vaginal deliveries because they bring in more money for the hospital.
When you undergo a C-section, as opposed to a traditional delivery, you face an 80% higher chance of experiencing complications. All surgeries involve risk. With a C-section, specifically, you may experience blood loss, infections and injuries to your organs. You also risk having an emergency hysterectomy, developing scar tissue or experiencing additional trouble during future deliveries.
Most mothers visit the hospital where they plan to deliver their babies ahead of time. When you do so, ask the hospital what its C-section birth rate is. A major health care accrediting organization plans to start publicizing U.S. hospital C-section rates sometime this year to spotlight those that are especially high.