Hospitals Face Pressures To Bring Down C-Section Rates
The Los Angeles Times' analysis shows that California delivery hospitals brought down the number of procedures performed in 2014.
The Los Angeles Times:
Thinking About A C-Section? Here's Why Your Hospital May Say No.
At hospitals across California, administrators are pushing doctors to perform fewer caesarean deliveries, hiring birth coaches and asking pregnant women to stay in labor longer. For years, medical experts have said that C-sections — a surgical procedure in which a doctor makes an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus to remove the baby — were being done too often, yet the rates kept climbing. (Karlamangla and Menezes, 3/8)