At the population level, do C-Sections protect from bad outcomes for mom and baby?
Nope. According to the study authors in this month’s issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology who studied 845,651 patients from 401 hospitals in California and Pennsylvania
“It likely reflects an overuse of medical care and the performance of unnecessary procedures.”
Obstetricians get paid more for C-sections and think doing them protects them from costly lawsuits when things go wrong with natural childbirth. When there’s no difference in outcome, who suffers? Women who undergo surgery. Who gains? Obstetrician’s wallets.