The rising rate of cesareans in this country and how many of them are unnecessary
How modern prenatal care puts more women and babies at risk because certain measures are excessive - and how these interventions like electronic fetal monitoring and unnecessary induction can lead to cesarean - http://www.themidwifenextdoor.com/?p=417,
the risks of induction, namely the "Pit to Distress" phenomenon that leads to more cesareans, how elective inductions can double the risks of cesarean, especially in first-time mothers - http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2007754,00.html, http://www.themidwifenextdoor.com/?p=587, http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/First+time+mothers+drive+section+rate+Study/3470332/story.html
Daylight Obstetrics - doctors that deliver more babies during their shifts because they want to go home in time for dinner or social functions. This is a major cause of many unnecessary c-sections
natural childbirth - and how few practitioners know how to handle it these days because so many women are getting epidurals; dovetailing on that, the risks of epidurals, namely greater risks of cutting/tearing, etc.
safety of VBACs - http://www.vbacfacts.com
safety of homebirth
perceived lack of compassion, lack of bedside manner, etc. for patients and how attitude of the OB/nursing staff can positively or negatively impact the birthing process, including how having a birth plan can put you at risk for having a c-section - http://atyourcervix.blogspot.com/2010/09/going-to-operating-room-more.html
Issues of informed consent for medical procedures during pregnancy as well as informed refusal - and how some women are forced into having c-sections - basically making birth a human rights issue if the patient makes an informed decision to refuse a cesarean, etc. - http://radicaldoula.com/2010/01/13/woman-forced-into-court-ordered-hospital-confinement-and-c-section/, http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/15/hospitals.ban.vbacs/, http://spiriteddoula.blogspot.com/2010/01/hospital-sends-police-to-induce-overdue.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Carder
I could go on and on ... LOL As you can see, there are a number of growing issues as more and more women become informed about childbirth. Also as women rely more on their doctors to (mis)inform them, too, which leads to interventions across the board because they are considered 'the norm' now, even if though they are not often warranted.
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· 9 years ago