Caesareans at an all-time high

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Cesarean section births are at an all time high in the U.S. One out of every three women give birth by caesarean ...

As is the case in Australia!

[Caesarean] ... is a major surgery and some see problems with the increasing number ...

It's a decision that's on the rise. 15 years ago only about 20 percent of women had c-sections. Now, 32 percent give birth this way. The reasons are varied ... some doctors worry about law suits after vaginal birth complications ... sometimes the reason is cosmetic for women ....

"'Is having a vaginal birth going to damage me and then I'll need cosmetic surgery? Maybe if I do c-section I'll avoid that," Dr. Melhem proposed a hypothetical. "Again, misconception." ...

"... convenience plays a big part of it. I think doctors want the baby born on his time schedule and I think moms play a part in it. They want the convenience of deciding what day and time they want their babies to be born," ...

The whole trend raises concerns ... with every c-section there's more risk for complications like uterine rupture and infection.

"Surgery is numbers. The more you do the more you're going to get complications," said Dr. Melhem.

Most women who have a caesarean will never again have a vaginal birth.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448