Help! My OB/GYN and Memphis Hospital are C-Section Factories with 30-40% C-Section Rates!

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Registered: 01-13-2012
Help! My OB/GYN and Memphis Hospital are C-Section Factories with 30-40% C-Section Rates!
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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 3:22am

Help!

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Registered: 01-04-2012

I'd really like to know my doctor's and my hospital's c-section rates, but I don't know where to look to find that information. Do you know of any way to look it up?

As for your situation, is it still possible to change doctors and/or hospitals? Are there any birthing centers that are covered by your insurance, or nurse-midwives?

Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Registered: 05-03-2007
I would suggest studing all u can about problems that result in c sections.. like when babies heart rate drops, how low is.dangerous.. because. Sometimes they drop buy not to dangerous levels.. or how long is labor before its considered dangerous.. or which medical interventions typicaly stall or stop labor... ect.. ive had a vaginal and a c section.. so im prepared either way because ive had both.... birth is unpredictable at best.. so try not to fear.. fear just makes it worse..chances r u will be fine..and have no issues.. go to the "labor and delievery" board there is a very very well informed lady there.. post ur question and she will point u in the right direction... Being educated in everything possible in labor and delievery will help u.. make sure your husband is informed.. while my hospital and dr. Dont terrify new mommas into decions, i have heard stories where they do and all the ladies have said they wished they where more informed because they could have made differnt dicsions out of understanding and not fear.. so here again, knowledge will help u have the birth u want.. and again.. have hubby on board with u.. u may need him to be your advocate in the heat of things... :) also keep in mind, emergency c sections have their place when needed..
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Registered: 01-13-2012
In reply to: sheena1313
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:32am

Thanks so much.

I'm looking into the doulas and appreciate the advice.

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Registered: 01-13-2012
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:34am

I didn't even know there was a labor and delivery board.

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Registered: 01-21-2012
Hi,

I am a Labor and Delivery RN. I also work in a hospital with a high C-section rate. I think one of the reasons that c-section rates are high is because the more people have c-sections the more they will have a repeat c-section. As a nurse in the field the last thing I want is to take my patient to the operating room. I advocate strongly for a vaginal birth. Educate youself well, pick an OB that has a good reputation. You can learn a lot from word of mouth. I work with about 60 different OBs and believe me, some do not hesitate to call a c-section and others do whatever it takes to have a vaginal birth. My advice, don't get induced unless there is a medical indication. Early inductions with cervix's that are not ready increases you chance for a c-section incredibly. Don't go to the hospital until you are in active labor. Stay home until you can't walk or talk through a contraction. Don't get an epidural until you cervix is 80-100 effaced and 3-4 cm, with a fetus no higher than a 0--1 station.
Good luck, and read and educate yourself!!

Kathy L&D RN