An article from Scope, published by the Stanford School of Medicine.

The paper’s authors, including Stanford professor and Packard Children’s neonatologist Jeffrey Gould, MD, agree that cesareans can be necessary and lifesaving. But in the last 15 years, the rate of surgical birth has increased from 22 to 32 percent of California deliveries with no measurable benefits for new mothers or their babies.

This is a concern because cesareans aren’t risk-free. After surgical delivery, women experience more pain, infection and hemorrhage than women who give birth vaginally. Women who have had a prior cesarean also have more problems with subsequent pregnancies. The placenta can become deeply implanted in scar tissue from the old incision, causing hemorrhage at the second delivery, for example.

Read the full article here: Unneeded Cesareans are Risky and Expensive

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