C-sections decline but risks still remain

Many pregnant women have Ceserean births in the United States, some by choice and others by necessity. In recent years, more pregnant women were choosing to have a Cesarean birth for a variety of reasons, leaving medical professions and groups to raise awareness to the risks of Cesarean births.

It appears these efforts are working as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that first-time Cesarean births have declined by 2 percent between 2009 and 2012. Health officials said that surgical deliveries started to decline after 2009 and have stabilized since then.

Officials and physicians are pleased to see Cesarean births decline in the U.S. as they carry certain health risks and can be more expensive. Cesarean births can cause infections, blood loss and blood clots in women. They can also cause breathing problems and injuries for newborns.

Why have Cesarean births declined? Researchers said that more pregnant women are thinking about the risk factors associated with Cesarean births as well as the additional expenses of having a surgical delivery. The decline in Cesarean births most likely means that many women were previously choosing to have a Cesarean birth instead of a vaginal birth despite the risks to the baby and their own health.

Cesarean births can cause C-Section injuries to both the mother and newborn. Some of these injuries can be very serious and even fatal. Pregnant women should be aware of the risks associated with having a Cesarean birth so they can make an informed decision before giving birth.

Source: Parent Herald, "First-time Cesarean Birth Rates Decline In U.S., CDC," Jan 24, 2014