Too many babies born
About 75 women arrived at the front street entrance to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women, to take part in a rally advocating for natural birthing. The women are concerned about the rising rate of Caesarean sections. Women like Sarah Nannen (left) and Rachel Harris (right) chose to have their children all natural.
Share PhotoAbout 75 women arrived at the front street entrance to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women, to take part in a rally advocating for natural birthing. The women are concerned about the rising rate of Caesarean sections. Women like Sarah Nannen (left) and Rachel Harris (right) chose to have their children all natural.
Nelvin C. CepedaSan Diego The ongoing debate among health professionals about the high rate of Caesarean sections in the United States was reflected Saturday in San Diego, when about 75 natural birth advocates demonstrated outside Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women.
2010 C section rates at San Diego County hospitalsSharp Mary Birch Women Newborn Hospital: 42.2 percent
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla: 38.5 percent
UCSD Medical Center: 35.9 percent
Pomerado Hospital: 35.6 percent
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center: 34.4 percent
Sharp Grossmont Hospital: 33.9 percent
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center San Diego: 32.9 percent
Paradise Valley Hospital: 31.4 percent
Palomar Medical Center: 29.5
Scripps Mercy Hospital: 29.7 percent
Tri City Medical Center: 28.7 percent
Fallbrook Hospital: 27.5 percent
They want patients to better understand the seriousness of the procedure
and want more restraint from obstetricians, who they say are too often opting for the major abdominal surgery instead of natural birth.
Dr. Philip Diamond, a staff physician at Sharp Mary Birch, said there
are medical reasons for the surgery, even though it can pose risks to the mother such as loss of blood, infection and damaging bowel organs.
"We do Caesarean sections because labor is not progressing normally, or the baby is showing signs of not getting enough oxygenation during labor, or there are maternal reasons like her blood pressure is very, very high, and we can’t control it safely," Diamond said.
The C section rates in the United States have climbed 53 percent since 1996, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate was 21 percent in
1996. By 2010, it
was 32.8 percent, when more than 1.3 million babies were delivered by C section, according to a Nov. Department of Health and Human Services.
The increase has fueled a debate among health professionals and natural birth advocates over what the appropriate amount
is, and raised questions about why the procedure has become so much more prevalent in America. The World Health Organization recommends a C section rate of 10 to 15 percent.
Demonstrators on Saturday said speeding up the labor process should be done only if there is a serious medical need.
"We’re not against inducing labor. We’re not against C sections, but they’re only supposed to be used when absolutely necessary," said Dana Tankell, one of the protesters.
Sharp Mary Birch delivered 8,587 babies in 2010, the most of any hospital in the state, its website said.
Protesters picked the hospital for the demonstration because 42.2
percent of its deliveries last year were from C sections, the highest in the county, according to figures from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.Articles Connexes：
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