Doctors pushing C-sections: study

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It's not women who are "too posh to push" who are driving up rates of caesarean sections across Quebec and Canada, but rather doctors who are too quick to turn to the surgery ...

Many obstetrician-gynecologists are choosing to perform C-sections when dealing with an extremely difficult labour, even though there are guidelines on how to proceed that don't automatically call for a caesarean section ...

The rate of C-sections has increased by almost 10 per cent from 1995 to 2009, the latest year for which complete figures are available. Today, about one in four women give birth in Canada following a C-section.

... "Unnecessary C-sections lead to unnecessary harm and expense, so we should find ways to curb them."

... Some obstetricians stand to benefit financially from planning a C-section. However, the fees paid to doctors for a C-section are no longer much higher than for a vaginal delivery ...

Shoemaker attributes much of the increase to the choices that obstetricians make. "It is more probable that some doctors turn too quickly to the surgical solution,"...

... it's no longer standard procedure to perform a C-section for a breech birth. However ... that is still the case at other Montreal hospitals ...

Oh to have a 25% caesarean rate! Australia's rate is 31%.