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7 Signs Your Hospital or Doctor Will Probably Push for a C-Section

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There are other c-section signs that aren’t necessarily related to maternal or fetal health. These require a bit more research on your part. For example, if you’re concerned about being pressured into a c-section, you’ll want to ask about the hospital’s c-section rate.

Roughly 1 out of 3 babies in the U.S. is born via c-section. Which seems incredibly high, given that 1 in 3 women likely don’t want a c-section. Approximately 26% of women with no pregnancy or labor complications ends up having a c-section. For comparison, the World Health Organization says 10-15% is a normal rate. C-section rates can vary wildly from one hospital to the next, which leads experts to believe there’s no biological or medical reason for the increase.  You can check your own hospital’s c-section rates at on the hospital website, as well as your state’s official website. If the hospital you’re delivering at has a rate of 50% or higher, there’s a good chance they push them more than necessary.

Your doctor doesn’t know what you want in the labor and delivery room.

This is a big one. You have to be your own best advocate, and make sure your doctor knows from the very beginning what you want and don’t want. Most women will discuss their demands as far as pain meds, epidurals, skin-to-skin, etc. But if you want to ensure that you and your doctor are on the same page, you have to thoroughly research possible complications and scenarios that may arise, and how you want them to be handled. And if your doctor isn’t amenable to listening and working with you, then you may want to consider finding one who will.

The hospital (and labor and delivery department in particular) is incredibly busy.

This is another one of the c-section signs that is largely out of your control, unfortunately. And it varies from hospital to hospital; some facilities are equipped to deal with “high traffic”. But you also have to think of the hospital as a hotel: they want to turn that room as quickly as possible to get the next person in. When you tour the facility, ask questions about how the staff handles extremely busy times, and what their protocol is when they run out of beds. It’s rare, but it can happen, and you want to be prepared.

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