Why More Moms Are Getting C-Sections Photo: Thinkstock / The Knot
By now, you’ve probably heard there’s been a notable rise in the rate of babies born via c-section over the past decade, but the big question on everyone’s minds is: Why? A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology helps shed some light on the subject. For the study, researchers analyzed data on over 32,000 live births from 2003 to 2009 and found that, among those births, cesarean delivery rose from 26 percent to 36.5 percent during that time frame. About half of the increase, they found, was in moms who had already had cesarean births and, as a result, delivered baby number two (or three or four or more) that way too, which is what many doctors recommend. The other half of the rise was in moms who had a first-time c-section. The top reasons for their cesareans? Non-reassuring fetal status, such as baby having a low heart rate (32%); labor arrest disorders, such as when mom’s not dilating quickly enough (18%); twins or other multiples (16%); suspected macrosomia (that’s when baby’s really big) (10%); preeclampsia (10%) and mom’s request (8%).
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