Cynthia was alarmed when she asked her obstetrician about her cesarean rate. Here's an excerpt:
At my 12-week checkup, I asked my own obstetrician a straightforward question: her cesarean rate. Her response was that she had no idea; the obstetrics practice hadn't bothered to calculate those numbers in years.
"The national average is around 27 percent ," I said. "Would you guess this practice comes in higher or lower?"
"Definitely higher," she said.
Anxiously, I demanded to know how much higher. "Is it greater than 30 percent? Thirty-five percent?" She looked at me regretfully. I pressed on. "Forty percent?!"
She finally nodded. "Yes, at least, but I don't have exact numbers."
This exchange was stunning to me, but it simultaneously confirmed what I often see around me. It sometimes feels like all the women I know end up with c-sections. Fortunately, Cynthia swiftly changed providers. I so wish there were more stories like Cynthia's!
Go read this article! It'll give you warm fuzzies.