What’s likely to be the biggest influence on whether you will have a C-section?
- (A) Your personal wishes.
- (B) Your choice of hospital.
- (C) Your baby’s weight.
- (D) Your baby’s heart rate in labor.
- (E) The progress of your labor.
The answer is B. In California, for example, hospitals’ rates for cesarean sections performed in low-risk births range from 11.2 per cent to 68.8 per cent. The rest of the factors do influence the decision. But the hospital determines how these factors are treated.