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Do medical malpractice fears lead to more C-sections?

For most women, when it comes to giving birth in California, they want to do it as naturally as possible. Medical intervention raises risks, and you probably do not want to add to the risks of childbirth. However, you may get into a situation where the doctor recommends a C-section instead of a vaginal birth. Doctors do this for many reasons, but there is a new concern that they may be doing so to avoid medical malpractice claims.

According to Stat News, the U.S has higher C-section rates than many other countries. With one in three births being done via C-section, there is a concern because this is more than is medically necessary. So, what is leading to these high numbers? There are three general reasons that have been found to drive the rate of C-sections that are not medically necessary.

Many women want to be in control of their labor and delivery. They want to know exactly when they will give birth and be able to choose the date so it works into their schedule. These women like the idea of scheduling a C-section instead of letting nature take its course.

Advances in technology lead more doctors to jump the gun and order a C-section even when it is not necessary. This is specifically related to fetal heart rate monitoring. If your baby's heart rate is abnormal or shows changes, your doctor may push for a C-section, which ties into the next reason.

Doctors push for C-sections to avoid medical malpractice claims. They fear being sued if something were to be wrong, so to avoid that, they give you a C-section. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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