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