Report shows dramatic rise in number of U.S. C-section births
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new report is raising concerns about the rise in cesarean section births.
This report in The Lancet summarizes several studies and shows a dramatic rise in the number of C-sections. A C-section can save the life of mother and baby when necessary, and while it's common around the world, this report found these are especially common in the United States.
Specialists at the Cleveland Clinic who reviewed this report say one in three women in the U.S. now have C-sections. They cite several reasons for this uptick, including the rise in obesity, which can lead to a higher rate of complications, such as diabetes and labor complications.
The Cleveland Clinic team suggests women have early discussions with health care providers about C-sections. It is a major surgery that can result in other complications in women, including bleeding, infection or damage to other organs.
There is also a higher risk of complications when women have multiple C-sections, so women need to know that, sometimes, they can have a birth without a C-section, even with a second child.
TriHealth and Cradle Cincinnati have launched programs to try and reduce the number of C-sections in the Tri-State. They will likely release updates from that program later in 2019.