During pregnancy, you may experience complications that make a C-section the best and safest option to deliver your baby. However, it is estimated that up to 50% of C-sections are not medically necessary, and C-section rates vary greatly from one hospital to another.
Healthy, first-time mothers have the highest risk of having a C-section that could have been avoided. Once you have your first C-section, you have a 90% chance of having a repeat C-section with your next baby.
Many factors have led to the overuse of C-sections, such as new technology that sometimes gives doctors false alarms and a lack of patience with the length of normal labor at some hospitals.
Talk to your doctor and care team and let them know that you do not want to have a C-section unless it is medically necessary.