[H]ospitals almost double their profits when they convert a vaginal birth to a cesarean section. So they make about a thousand more dollars — this is on average in California, per birth. And so there is a financial incentive there.
For-profit hospitals are more likely to perform cesarean sections for nonmedical reasons than nonprofit hospitals, according to a California Watch analysis of rates at 253 California hospitals that were reported to the state between 2005 and 2007… Among the 15 hospitals with the highest rates of C-sections, 10 were for-profit facilities. Among the 15 hospitals with the lowest rates, zero were for-profit.
Sandra Yin on the relation between for-profit care and cesarean sections.
[O]ne of our findings was that if you averaged out the cesarean rates for non-profit hospitals, and compared that with the average cesarean rates for for-profit hospitals, there was s significant difference there. So a woman has about a 15% greater likelihood of getting a cesarean section if she’s walking into a for-profit hospital in California. That’s the average.
As soon as I reached the OR, the staff began prepping me for surgery. I stated that I did NOT want a c-section. I demanded to see my husband and stated that IF I was to receive a c-section my DH & I would make that decision together. I was told that my husband was on his way. I was also told that my baby needed more oxygen & I was told to breathe deeply in a new mask because it had a better seal on my face (the oxygen I was breathing before was thru a smaller mask). The new mask wasn’t oxygen, I was gassed against my will. I am unaware of what was done to me from the time I was gassed up until I awoke in recovery. I am assuming that I only had a c-section. Any further details have not been shared with me.
Women in the United States are more likely to die during or shortly after childbirth than women in nearly all countries in Europe and many in Asia and the Middle East, according to the United Nations.
While maternal mortality declined in most countries over the past 20 years, it has not just increased, but nearly doubled, in the United States.
Experts blame the high death rate partly on the heavy reliance the United States places on technological intervention, particularly when it results, as it so often does, in surgical delivery via cesarean section.