The number of C-sections performed in the United States has gone up to 500% since the 1970s, and according to research it might have more to do with OB-GYNS over analysing risk than the health of mothers and babies. According to a study published by the National Institute of Health and Care excellence in the United Kingdom, the safest way to have a kid is to stay away from a hospital. Similar to me you might also be wondering, how/why is it safe to give birth to a child outside the hospital?
The various studies published after the guidelines and responses of few OB-GYNS including me are that over intervention in hospitals lead to unnecessary C-sections which lead to causing infections and diseases in otherwise healthy mothers and babies. The research conducted by NCIE UK suggests that, out of 64,000 healthy pregnant woman, 1% who gave birth at home in their first pregnancy faced bad outcome, birth centres were as safe as hospitals for the first time moms, and for the second or third time moms none of the options seem harmful. Whereas, if the same group of women were getting hospital care the risk of them getting a C-section was relatively higher.
Today in the United States, 1 in 3 women face the probability of getting a C section during Child birth, and it is because the risk of something going wrong during child birth is mostly over estimated. Although C-sections are considered to be safe but the risk of mother or the baby getting an infection after C section is 2.9 % while for vaginal delivery it is 0.9%, and the complications after C-section can include haemorrhage, organ injury or a severe infection, and if a C-section is done for one delivery it is certain that during the second and upcoming pregnancies patient will definitely need a C-section which leads to distortion of anatomy.
For the sake of mothers and babies health it is wise to overestimate the risk than underestimate it; however in the US the risk is overestimated more than it should be. Almost 20,000 surgical complications can be avoided if the risk is not overestimated. Moreover, recent research shows that babies born with C-sections could be more exposed to infections than babies born naturally. Thus, it is time to analyse the medical care being provided to pregnant women, and as an OB GYN Chicago IL I would suggest for women to go back to natural ways of child birth and avoid the risk of unnecessary C-sections.