The United States has a high rate of births by Cesarean Section, over 1.2 million each year.
Now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning against C-Sections performed for non-medical reasons such as convenience or fear of pain.
Experts said the risks of C-Section include:
- Increased hospital stay and recovery time;
- Increased infection rates; and
- Greater risk of bladder and bowel injuries.
These so called planned Cesareans are especially not recommended for women who want more than one child because of the ricks of subsequent uterine rupture and the need for hysterectomy that increase with each C-Section.
Despite some advantages to C-Sections, the group recommends vaginal delivery whenever possible.