According to data collected over the last several years, more women got Caesarean sections in 2007 — 32 percent of women who gave birth — than ever before. Today, the operation is the most popular procedure performed in American hospitals. But now experts are concerned about what these numbers mean.
Most health professionals agree that Caesarean sections should be reserved for cases in which the health of a mother or child is endangered — but it’s clearly being performed more often. It turns out the procedure exposes patients to new, and in many cases, unnecessary risks.
Many women who deliver via C-section must continue to do so in future pregnancies. There is also a higher chance that these women could hemorrhage during deliveries, or require a hysterectomy to repair associated damage.
The World Health Organization estimates that half as many women should be relying on C-sections, especially considering how expensive they are. Sadly, this fact has also led to a spike in the number of these surgeries being performed in the developing world — particularly Latin America and China — where doctors are suggesting C-sections in order to make more money.