As the prenatal life progresses, the first question the parents get is whether the delivery would be a normal one or not. By now, they also have an idea by looking at the doctor’s report whether the delivery would be normal. Nowadays, it has become a practice in most of the private hospitals to recommend a cesarean birth because the mother does not want to have a prolonged labor pain. In many cases, there may not be a big difference between the two types of birth. However, it is always better to go for a normal delivery.
It is interesting to know which kind of mothers go for cesarean birth. However, it may not have been decided before. There is a report stating that, cesarean delivery rates increased by nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2009. However, but the Center for disease control and prevention (CDC) report finds that the rate of cesarean deliveries in the U.S. has leveled off for the first time in 12 years.
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Experts credit the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a nonprofit women’s health care advocacy group, with curbing the upward trend. In 2009, the group launched a public health campaign to discourage physicians and expecting mothers from undergoing unnecessary cesarean.
Why cesarean deliveries are dangerous?
It is always riskier to have cesarean deliveries than vaginal births because cutting into your abdomen exposes you to bacteria; it increases your odds of getting an infection.A cesarean delivery can also heighten your chances of excessive bleeding, blood clots, and, in rare cases death also.
A cesarean birth leads to intense physical toll on your body. While recovering from vaginal birth takes just one to two weeks, post-cesarean recovery can last up to six weeks. Even after you recover from the surgery, your cesarean could complicate future pregnancies; women who have cesarean deliveries face an increased risk of placenta implantation problems, uterine rupture, bladder and bowel injuries, a second cesarean delivery, and the need for a hysterectomy.
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Although the above said risks are clearly evident, about 31 percent of U.S. births between 2009 and 2012 were cesarean deliveries. And while there’s no firm data on what portion of these procedures were medically necessary, experts at ACOG estimate that about 8 percent of the total number of cesarean were avoidable.
Why is cesarean so popular?
It is surprising that knowing very well, that there are complications, some people still prefer cesarean deliveries. One reason is that cesarean lead to more cesarean. If a woman has already had a baby via cesarean, giving birth to a second child vaginally becomes riskier.
Doctors are wary of performing risky procedures, both out of fear of harming the mother, and also out of fear of lawsuits. A 2010 poll published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that 29 percent of obstetrician college members said they were performing more cesareans to avoid being sued.
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The second reason is that it is convenient both for the doctor as well as the mother. Women may prefer to have cesarean scheduled around when family members might be in town to help them take care of their children, for instance. There are studies which have found that cesareans more common on Fridays and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The scary implication: Some doctors might recommend inducing labor so that they don’t have to spend their nights and weekends waiting for the baby to come. Normal delivery is better because when someone has a C section then the recovery can take up to 3 weeks and it is also really very painful to walk also.