A novel approach to lowering c-sections

Thanks Emily for bringing this New York Times article to my attention – what a startling idea. Use c-sections when they’re needed…

In Effort to Limit C-Sections, Two Methods Yield Different Results on Staten Island

Doctors at Staten Island University Hospital are drawing lines around when to use c-sections – just because you want one isn’t a good enough reason. They also don’t induce before 41 weeks (induction can raise the risk of complications and c-section) and they encourage VBAC. Compare their 23% c-section rate with that of comparable hospital Richmond University Medical Center at 48.3% c-section rate. Read the article for rationals for the higher rate.

Good read.

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