This ethical controversy will continue to plague us, especially with health care costs spiraling. Having patients elect to have more expensive procedures, can threaten the solvency of the larger community. Why? Because a C-section requires not only a surgeon and an assistant, but an anesthesiologist, additional nursing, added supplies, equipment, an operating room, possibly blood for transfusion and longer hospitalization stays for both mom and baby.
We must ask ourselves if it makes sense to utilize the valuable time of medical professionals, as well as the financial resources of a community, in order to accommodate a woman’s desire to have the more expensive, and luxurious, C-section delivery?
Does respect for the rights of an individual outweigh the allocation of resources within a community? Right now, I personally don't have the answer. I just want all my babies and mothers to leave happy and healthy.
Please let me know your thoughts below. I would be very happy to hear your opinion or to answer your questions regarding C-sections.
Dr. Brown, founder of Beauté de Maman, is a board-certified member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Medical Association, the Fairfield County Medical Association, Yale Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the Women's Medical Association of Fairfield County. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, completed her medical training at George Washington University Medical Center and completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Brown has a busy obstetrical practice in Stamford, Connecticut and, as a clinical attending, actively teaches residents from Stamford Hospital and medical students from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
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