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Video: An Unnecessary Cut

In a report from March, 2015, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated, “Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor & delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”
500% increase in cesarean rates since the 70’s … 50% more cost associated with surgical birth
C-Sections are a way of decreasing the OB’s workload – that’s the reality that isn’t taught in textbooks.
ACOG released new guidelines to let labor go longer, but are we really seeing that in mainstream maternity care?

An Unnecessary Cut How the C section Became America's Most Common Major Surgery The New Yorker

Video: An Unnecessary Cut?
In a report from March, 2015, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated, “Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor & delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”
500% increase in cesarean rates since the 70’s … 50% more cost associated with surgical birth
C-Sections are a way of decreasing the OB’s workload – that’s the reality that isn’t taught in textbooks.
ACOG released new guidelines to let labor go longer, but are we really seeing that in mainstream maternity care?

July 23, 2014
Video: An Unnecessary Cut?


By Sky Dylan-Robbins


The most common operating-room procedure in the United States is the Cesarean section. The surgery accounts for one in three American births, and ninety per cent of women who deliver their first child by C-section do the same for their second. But as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted in a recent report, the rapid increase in the number of C-sections performed in this country hasn’t led to an equivalent decline in the risk of surgical complications associated with delivery. The report registers “significant concern that cesarean delivery is overused,” and recommends that physicians more carefully distinguish between necessary and unnecessary procedures.
Most women who have delivered by C-section and choose to have more children are eligible to attempt a vaginal birth after Cesarean (V-BAC), often cited as a way to significantly reduce C-section rates. But finding an obstetrician and a hospital willing to facilitate a V-BAC can be difficult. We spent time with Chileshe Nkonde-Price, a cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania seeking a V-BAC, during the final week of her second pregnancy. We also spoke to, among others, Neel Shah, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, about moving the medical establishment toward a more low-intervention approach to childbirth.