C-Section Disadvantages

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The Caesarean Section, commonly known as a “C-Section” is alarmingly over-used in the United States. While this procedure can be absolutely necessary in some instances, and can even save lives at times, it is often pushed on pregnant women who don’t actually need the procedure. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2008, the United States had a 30.3% C-section rate, which is an additional 15% above the WHO recommendations for C-section rates (Gibbons, et al., 2010). Furthermore, 10.8% out of the total 30.3% were unnecessary procedures. This overuse is detrimental in a variety of ways. The overuse of Caesarean sections in the United States has negative financial impacts, as well as negative health impacts on mothers and babies, especially in the form of lowered breastfeeding rates. The financial impact of unnecessary C-sections in the United States is astronomical. WHO estimates that C-sections in the United States cost approximately $687,167,996 per year (Gibbons, et al., 2010). That is nearly $700 million dollars that could be used to fund so many more important …show more content…
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