It is only natural for women to fear childbirth. First-time moms face the unknown, while repeat mamis have a pretty good idea what they are getting into! All of us know complications may arise at any moment during labor, leaving no option but an emergency C-section. Yet now, more and more women are requesting their doctors perform a cesarean to avoid a natural vaginal birth.
According to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.4 million babies, or 32.8 % of deliveries, were by cesarean in 2010, the highest rate ever in the United States. Following a slight decline in the mid 1990s, C-section rates began escalating at an increasing pace, with a 71% rise since 1996, for mothers of all ages and all ethnic groups. So it is hardly a surprise it has become the most common surgery performed in American hospitals.
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The World Health Organization guidelines suggest that only 10-15% of all deliveries should be via C-section. This would cover the cases where it is medically necessary to perform a C-section, whether planned or as a result of an emergency. As explained by Womenshealth.gov, these situations include: