Saturday, January 21, 2012

too posh to push?

Apparently not, at least in sunny Queensland, where the statewide rate of caesarean births has soared to 34 percent of all births, and where private hospitals have the highest rate of caesarean section deliveries (47.9 percent) in Australia. [for the press release from University of Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies, click here.]

Who is really responsible for the continuing increase in rates of caesarean births in this country?

  • Are too many obstetricians greedy, seeing a surgical procedure as better $ return for their time? 
  • Are too many obstetricians fearful of litigation, and thereby placing unrealistic risk-management boundaries on women in their care? 
  • Are too many public and private hospital maternity units over-crowded, leading to pressure on staff to get babies delivered without what is seen as delay, but what may simply be giving the time that's needed? 
  • Are too many midwives so de-skilled that they are unable to provide basic midwifery care, working in harmony with natural processes in labour? 
  • Are too many women so trusting of professional care, so ignorant of their own natural ability in birth, that they allow interferences and interruptions in their pregnancies and labours, leading to the cascade of interventions? 

If you said 'yes' to all, go to the top of the class.

There's lots of information on the www about caesareans. For a summary of pros and cons that may assist women in making informed decisions about births after caesarean, you can download a .pdf file Maternity Coalition INFOSHEET.

and, btw
What do you think can be done to reduce the rates of unnecessary caesarean births?

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