Yet another article in my local newspaper last week bemoaned the fact that the cesarean rate keeps rising and physicians are concerned not only about the high rate of surgery but also the future complications that increase after cesarean surgery. It’s a well-documented fact that a cesarean can adversely affect a woman’s health for the rest of her life and can lead to catastrophic complications in future births. That’s one reason why, 40 years ago, doctors did everything in their power to prevent that first cesarean from being done.
What if there was a tried method of reducing the cesarean rate within hospitals? What if it involved some truly innovative thinking? What if it had a proven track record and had resulted in a significant drop in the rate of surgeries for first-time mothers? What if it saved money, recovery time for the patient, and better health for the babies? Would you think that method would be adopted all over North America right away? Yes, that would be a reasonable assumption. Unfortunately, this project was undertaken at B.C. Women’s Hospital, it was a success, and it was dropped once the project was complete with a resulting re-increase of the cesarean rate. No reason for discontinuing the project has ever been given but i will speculate at the end of this post.
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