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US C-Sections exceed World Health Organization recommended rate

New Jersey's Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked number three in a list of 11 busy American hospitals with a high cesarean section rate. The World Health Organization says this is not good. It is understood that C-sections can save the lives of infants and mothers, but the WHO says the U.S. performs more the double the recommended rate.

The question for many is, has the rate of C-sections in the U.S. made childbirth any safer? According to a doctor with the Oregon University School of Medicine, the answer to that question is no. The doctor told Consumer Reports that as the rate of C-sections rose in America, the rate of neonatal mortality did not appear to decline. Further, the rate of maternal mortality actually began to increase.

Reportedly, C-sections come with many potential risks including heart attack, blood clots, hemorrhage and sepsis. So, why do so many hospitals and physicians opt for a C-section when a vaginal delivery may be more suitable? According to the report, many doctors fear a medical malpractice lawsuit will arise if they fail to initiate a C-section in time.

In one New Jersey hospital, the corporate director of public affairs indicated a different reason for its high C-section rate. The doctor said that his facility serves a low-income area in which prenatal healthcare is not always available. He added that many of the pregnant women arrive in a sickened state, making a C-section the safer deliver method.

Even though cesareans are vital in many situations, it appears that the U.S. has a lot of work ahead to eliminate unnecessary uses of the surgery. For those injured by an unnecessary cesarean section, consulting with a personal injury lawyer could be one way to find justice.

Source:, "US hospitals perform way too many C-sections," Joshua A. Krisch, April 14, 2016

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