Want to Avoid an Unnecessary C Section? Avoid a For-Profit Hospital

A new study has shown that California for-profit hospitals dropping the knife on laboring moms more quickly and giving more cesareans, even in low-risk pregnancies.

A database  compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to have a cesarean section at a for-profit hospital than at one that operates as a non-profit. A surgical birth can bring in twice the revenue of a vaginal delivery.

::Sigh::.  Yes, a long time suspicion is now confirmed.  Some doctors look for reasons to do a c section because they get paid more.  Another confirmed suspicion that came from this study is that vaginal birth, and especially natural births, are not efficient for the staff and frankly are too inconvenient for them. 

"There are factors that are attractive to hospitals in terms of training and staff and facilities,” he said. “It’s a lot easier if you can do all your births between seven and 10 in the morning and know exactly how many operating rooms and beds you need.” Vaginal births are unpredictable, creating inefficiencies that can hurt the bottom line.

There is a lot you can do to reduce the likelihood of having an unnecessary cesarean, but the biggest factor in avoiding one is hiring a caregiver with a low cesarean rate, and delivering somewhere that also has a low cesarean rate. 

<p>Cesarean vs. VBAC:  A Dramatic Difference from Alexandra Orchard on Vimeo.</p>

To learn more about cesareans, please visit Birthologie.com


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